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Rival Cities: Victoria, Fort Langley and New Westminster

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Question:This essay will discuss the debate of "Why the capital of British Columbia relocated from New Westminster to Victoria?" And, with this debate "Was Sir James Douglas responsible for the capital of B.C. relocating to Victoria?"Thesis Statement:This essay will explore who were the possible contenders for the title "capital city" in British Columbia, examine the history of New Westminster, Fort Langley and Victoria. Also, this essay will explore and show that geography and economics were influential factors when the decision was finally awarded to Victoria.

Rival CitiesVictoria - New Westminster- Fort Langley"This student hereby formally requests the History Department to formally request the S President of this University College, to petition the Premier of B.C., to reinstate the original i capital of British Columbia back to New Westminster." As ridiculous as this statement is, it is i an accurate reflection of an event that actually happened in the mid 1800's when the New Westminster Legislature put a motion from the floor to discuss the assignation of the capital of B.C. There were several men responsible for the development the British Colony: Victoria, under the leadership of James Douglas, Fort Langley under the leadership of Governor Simpson and the future development of the capital of British Columbia, New Westminster. Why was Victoria the best choice? Why is there controversy surrounding the capital of British Columbia? A historical perspective will determine why Victoria was ultimately the best choice and will consider the other contenders. This essay will examine the history of New Westminster, Fort Langley and Victoria as possible contenders for the title of "Capital City" and, will also discuss the geographical development, how the economy contributed to the decision to finally award that . honor to Victoria. Is Governor James Douglas responsible for the capital of British Columbia moving to Victoria?In order to understand the issues...