Boas, Judah
As the main partner to S. D. Levi in a general merchandise enterprise in Barkerville and Quesnel,1
Boas was one of the first Jewish merchants of the Cariboo gold fields that capitalized on the supply-demands of the miners.2
In this despatch, Douglas quotes Levi’s letter to Boas, who was at the firm’s New Westminster headquarters, about the conditions and opportunities in Barkerville: It is only 5 or 6 weeks more that pack trains come in here, and then we can get any price for them … You bet I would soak into them. The Country is alright, there is more gold in it as there was in California, dont say nothing to nobody.
Boas lived an interesting life in Barkerville. He almost died in a fire,3 and he sat on a committee responsible for finding the murderers of two Jewish merchants.4
Mentions of this person in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Boas, Judah. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/boas.html.

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