Victoria BC, What is in a Name.
Victoria, BC finds it roots in 1843 with the building of a Trading Post by the Hudson Bay Company.
However the Trading Post that was to become Victoria was initially called Fort Camosun, after the name given to the inner harbour by the local First Nation People.
The Naming for the Trading Post then took a another side step and was called Fort Albert, after Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, by the Chief trader for the Hudson Bay Company (Charles Ross).
However this name did not sit well with the big bosses at HBC's Northern Department, and they renamed the Trading Post to Fort Victoria.....
For a year or so all three names where used until the head ofice of the Hudson Bay Company made a final ruling that the Fort was to be named after the Queen herself and was formally decidated in December of 1843.
From the initially small settlement around the Fort, a townsite was laid out in 1851 - and by 1852 the town saw its final name change to what we now know as Victoria.
Royal BC Archives, and the book BC Place Names (2009) by Mark Thorburn
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