New Caledonia

NEW CALEDONIA was the name early FUR TRADERS gave to the central Interior of BC between the ROCKY MTS and the COAST MTS, essentially the region drained by the upper FRASER R and its tributaries. Alexander MACKENZIE was the first European to penetrate the area on his way to the Pacific Ocean in 1793, but it was Simon FRASER who named it when he arrived in 1805 to establish trading posts for the NORTH WEST CO. The name, meaning New Scotland, was a reference to the Scottish Highlands; Fraser had...

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