ESQUIMALT  () , district municipality, pop 16,840 (2006), overlooks a natural harbour at the southern tip of VANCOUVER ISLAND adjacent to VICTORIA. Originally the territory of Coast Salish people (see SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS), it was visited in 1790 by Manuel QUIMPER, a Spanish naval officer who was exploring JUAN DE FUCA STRAIT. The name Esquimalt derives from a Salish word...

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