Kuper Island

KUPER ISLAND, 8.66 sq km, pop 302 (2001), opposite CHEMAINUS, now Penelakut Island, is one of the GULF ISLANDS between southern VANCOUVER ISLAND and the mainland. It was named originally for Capt Augustus Kuper, who commanded a British naval vessel on the coast from 1851 to 1853. In Apr 1863 a British gunboat fired on the First Nations village of Lamalcha on the island in retribution for the earlier murders of 3 whites, a key incident in the history of aboriginal–white relations on Vancouver...

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