Brief History of Vancouver Summarized
A brief look at the condensed history of Vancouver.
The founding of Vancouver
For 10,000 years the natives lived on the site of Vancouver. A Spaniard named José María Narváez arrived in the area by sea in 1791. However, in 1792 George Vancouver claimed the land for Great Britain. In 1808 Simon Fraser arrived in the area after traveling overland. Later, the Fraser River was named after him.
In the 1860s settlers began to arrive in the area. In 1870 it was incorporated as the city of Granville. Then, in 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway chose it as the terminus for a transcontinental railroad.
In 1886 the city was incorporated as the City of Vancouver. The same year, 1886, Vancouver was devastated by fire. However, it was soon rebuilt and in 1887 the first train arrived. Waterfront Station was built in 1914.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver boom. The Vancouver Hotel opened in 1888 and the Capilano Suspension Bridge was first built in 1889. In 1891 streetcars began to run through the streets and the Vancouver Museum was founded in 1894. In 1901 Vancouver was a bustling city of 26,000 inhabitants and grew at a phenomenal rate. In 1931 Vancouver had 246,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the University of British Columbia was founded in 1908. The Marine Building was built in 1930, and the Vancouver Art Gallery was founded in 1931 (it moved to its current location in 1983).
Vancouver City Hall was built in 1936 and the Lions Gate Bridge was built in 1938. The Vancouver Hotel opened in 1939. After World War II, Vancouver continued to grow rapidly.
The Museum of Anthropology opened in 1947 and the Vancouver Aquarium in 1956. Also in 1956, the Capilano Suspension Bridge was rebuilt. The Playland amusement park opened in 1958 and the Oakridge Center opened in 1959. The same year, 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum opened. The Queen Elizabeth Theater also opened in 1959.
In the late 20th century, Vancouver continued to flourish and several new attractions opened. HR’s MacMillan Space Center opened in 1968. Pacific Center opened in 1971 and VanDusen Botanical Gardens in 1975. Gastown Steam Clock was built in 1977. Also in 1977 the Harbor Center opened.
In 1986 the Vancouver Police Museum opened and Vancouver Place was built. Also in 1986 the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden was built. In 1995 the Vancouver Central Library opened and Rogers Arena was built.
In 2010 the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver. Today Vancouver is a prosperous city. Tourism is a vital industry. Vancouver is also the largest port in Canada. Currently, the population of Vancouver is 631,000.
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