New Westminster


NEW WESTMINSTER is located on the north shore of the FRASER R, 20 km east of VANCOUVER, on the site of a former aboriginal village called Skaiametl. Richard MOODY of the ROYAL ENGINEERS approved of its easily defensible position on high ground and chose the site to be the capital of the mainland colony of British Columbia. Gov James DOUGLAS had chosen DERBY, farther upriver, but agreed to Moody's choice and on 14 Feb 1859 declared the new capital. By June the first lots were surveyed and sold.


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