Fort Vancouver Tapestry

14. Bastions and Gardens

Fort becomes self-sufficient

Panel 14

Sponsored by: Norma & Pat McGraw
Note the Bastion and some of the extensive fort gardens, which were grown to feed the residents and to trade with visitors.  Settlers were arriving daily and there was a great need for cultivated foods. In the mid-1840’s the Hudson Bay Company established a large salmon cannery that processed about 2,000 barrels of wild salmon a year for the use of its employees and for export to California, Alaska, and Hawaii. By the 1880’s more than fifty canneries were in operation along the Columbia River.