An Overview of Victoria's History


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From the days when the Songhees, Esquimalt and other First Nations were the sole human inhabitants of Greater Victoria up to the present day, find out how our city has changed. Local historian John Adams has selected paintings, photographs and maps to illustrate themes related to archaeology, history, architecture, politics, social history and the economy. Learn about First Nations ways of life, the Douglas Treaties, the building of Fort Victoria, and the impact of the Fraser River and later gold rushes. Trace the commercial and industrial development of the city through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. See plans for some of the schemes to change Victoria Harbour to create docks, railyards and factories and discover why those plans did not materialize. You will learn about how Victoria became and why it remains the capital, and the impact the seat of government has had on the city.

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