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Time Traveller: Chilean sailors jump ship and settle in North Vancouver

Immigrants from Chile largely married into local Indigenous families, and the contributions of those families played a crucial role in North Vancouver’s history.
Chilean sailors

This ca. 1929 photo shows Manuel Andrew with Violet Savadra and her son Leo in the backyard of 604 Queens Rd. West. Born Balinto Fidele Sanhueza, Manuel Andrew arrived in B.C. from Chile in 1882 aged 21. He married Catherine "Kwantelut" Jim, daughter of Chief Squamish Jim (Sikemkin).

They were part of the Chilean community that formed on the North Shore starting in the late 1800s. Chilean ships came to British Columbia for the lumber. Seeking a better life, many men jumped ship to find employment in the mills at Moodyville. These new settlers largely married into local Indigenous families. The contributions of these immigrants and their Sḵwx̱wú7mesh families play a crucial role in North Vancouver’s history.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver ,at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.