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Jail / Bell

        The Jail was built in the early 1840's for the purpose of confining prisoners at Fort Vancouver. Most people confined there committed minor crimes such as theft, insubordination, desertion, and drunkenness. Inside, there are four small windows, two wooden benches, full-body shackles, and a small wispy blanket. Spending a Winter’s night in the jail could be very uncomfortable, considering that the blanket given is small, the windows could be kept open, and they are not given a lantern, for they could burn the jail down. The fort’s Chief Factor decided punishments for these prisoners. These included jail time, fines, deportation, or even flogging.



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