A Brief History of Vancouver, Canada For All To Get To Know

Overlooking Vancouver from Granville Island

Overlooking Vancouver from Granville Island

Vancouver, Canada, is indeed a place that is filled with lots of culture and diversity. The diversity part does come from its diverse history that is made up of three distinct peoples. These peoples are no other than the native coastal Indians, the exploration by Europeans, and present day building boom overall.

First Nations People

Long before the European explorers did come to the area, which is now known as Vancouver, there was a locale that was densely forested in description and inhabited by First Nations People and wildlife. There was a North Shore mountainous type of backdrop, and that area is what is now called, Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain. Vancouver did have a temperate kind of climate, plentiful food sources, and a coastal location that was very close in the distance to the natives that did line the shore known as being Burrard Inlet.

According to the archaeological evidence, the Coastal Indians did indeed settle the Vancouver area by 500 BC. This very important heritage is something that has been documented, as well as, chronicled by both the Museum of Anthropology and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of the British Columbia endowment lands and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC is what did make this project very important. Because to be honest, there is nothing more crucial than sharing a history of Vancouver from its earliest days onwards. The impressive exhibits do include key archaeological artifacts that do tell the story of Vancouver.

West Coast Native arts and crafts are something that can be found all throughout the West Coast. The very same can be said about the Vancouver souvenir shops, art galleries, specialty shops, and public markets. Public markets do tend to have lots of works on hand that is done by local artists. They are both world renowned and are considered to be very synonymous with Canada as a rule. The West Coast region in particular overall.

The European Exploration of Vancouver

There was British Explorer named Captain James Cook who did first arrive in 1778. He was the only first explorer to make an appearance. Several other Spanish explorers did come after Cook did, and that was in 1791, but they never did come ashore. Vancouver’s real transformation was something that didn’t begin to take place until 1792, and that was when Captain George Vancouver of Britain did sail in on the HMS Discovery. This British ship came into the Burrard Islet, and it was with the consultation of Spaniard Dionisio Alcala Galiano. It was Galiano who had already mapped some of the areas already. He just had started to chart the waters of the West Coast.

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Science World with a beautiful view of False Creek

From that time forwards, there were far more Britons coming to Vancouver, Canada, and some of them were the likes of Simon Fraser. Simon Fraser University is just one place that is named after Fraser. Simon Fraser came to Vancouver in 1808 to set up some trading posts.

The Colonization of The Vancouver Area

Settlers were something that kept on flowing into the Vancouver area. They came from abroad and did flourish in a major way here, and that was from fish, lumber, fur, and farming. In 1858, gold was discovered for the very first time on the Fraser River, and within just three weeks of this discovery. There were close to 30,000 Americans who had come to the area to take full advantage of this discovery for themselves. It was during this time that the British did decide to declare all of the mainland a colony. The British didn’t want the Americans to try and take over the area and control the gold. Therefore, they went ahead and did one thing, and that thing was to make New Westminster the capital city of BC in 1859. It still is a very active place to be today with the new Westminster Quay and Public Market. These are two of the area’s newest of all attractions, and they are excellent in view. They are some things that is readily available from downtown Vancouver via the Sky Train.

When the population did start to grow, people did branch out, and they settled in regions that are now known as being the suburbs of Burnaby and Delta. The very first newspaper was founded in 1861, and the first hospital was built up in 1862, and another first was the establishment of the telegraph lines in 1865 that did carry the news of the unfortunate assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Some of the other amenities that did grow, and came into view in Vancouver was the development of a basic postal system and a stagecoach line for transportation.

Vancouver’s history started out with a lot of firsts. These firsts were the firsts that helped make it into a strong and thriving city in Canada. The city did manage to get incorporated in 1886 with only 1,000 citizens as part of the town. The sawmill settlement started out being called Granville in the 1870’sat first. However, the name was changed, and that name was no other than that of Vancouver in honor of Captain Vancouver.

This article is provided by Tim Louis, a personal injury lawyer located in Vancouver, BC.

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