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CPR AND CHINESE WORKERS
Transcript of CPR AND CHINESE WORKERS
CHINESE WORKERS Workers were in short supply between 1881 and
1884, as many as 17,000 chinese men came to B.C
to work as laborers on the Pacific Railway. The
chinese workers worked for $1.00 a day, and from this $1.00 the workers still had to pay for their food, camping and cooking and gear. The Chinese Railway workers lived in camps, sleeping in tents or boxcar. They mainly ate a diet of rice and dried salmon, washed down with tea. In the late eighteen hundreds the transportation process was very slow you had to travel by either horse or by foot. But in 1885 the first train was built that travelled to Montreal to Vancouver. The people who made this railroad were mainly chinese people. 11 thousand railroad workers were chinese. John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister he overviewed this project he payed $25 to the chinese workers and $35 to the white people. PREZI BY:
and Sam Chinese workers were given the most back-breaking and dangerous work to do. They cleared and graded the railway's roadbed. They blasted tunnels through the rock. There were accidents, fires and disasters. Landslides and dynamite blasts killed many. There was no proper medical care and many Chinese workers depended on herbal cures to help them.