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British Columbia definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a province in western Canada

Merriam Webster's

geographical name province W Canada on Pacific coast capital Victoria area 344,663 square miles (892,677 square kilometers), population 3,907,738 British Columbian noun or adjective

Britannica Concise

Province (pop.,
1996: 3,933,000), W Canada. It is bounded by Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta, the Pacific Ocean, and the U.S. (incl. Alaska); its capital is Victoria. The area was inhabited by indigenous peoples, incl. Coast Salish, Nootka, Kwakiutl, and Haida. It was visited in 1578 by Sir F. Drake and in 1778 by Capt. J. Cook, who was searching for the Northwest Passage. Capt. George Vancouver surveyed the coast (1792-94), and overland expeditions were made by several explorers, incl. A. Mackenzie, M. Lewis and W. Clark, and S. Fraser. The British and Americans contended over Vancouver Island for years, until it was recognized as British and made a crown colony in 1849. The mainland became the Colony of British Columbia in 1858; with the colony of Vancouver, it joined Canada in 1871 as the province of British Columbia. The province now has a prosperous economy based on diverse sources, incl. logging, mining, agriculture, and shipping.


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