Somenos District
The Somenos District is located roughly 10 km north of Duncan.
In 1862, the amount of arable land around Victoria was becoming scarce, so Douglas took prospective farmers upcoast to Cowichan Bay aboard the Hecate to give them the opportunity to stake land in the Somenos, Shawnigan, and Quamichan districts.1 According to the British Colonist, in compensation for the land, the government gave the Indigenous people two blankets per person for the land that they surrendered.2
The Somenos District was mapped as part of Pemberton's surveys of the southern Vancouver Island during the 1850s, which can be seen on this map and another, both from 1859.
The official Cowichan Tribes website notes that the Somenos District, along with the Quamichan and Comiaken districts, were three of the seven traditional villages that were separated into districts and later forced to amalgamate into the one Cowichan “band” under the Indian Act.3
Mentions of this place in the documents