Old World Ottawa: 200+ Unique Images of Canada’s Capital, Parliament, Rideau Canal, Vaults, Lumber
Today we will look at over 200 unique Old World images of Ottawa.
Ottawa, according to the current narrative, was first settled by European settlers in 1800. In roughly 1826, following the commencement of construction on the oldest continually operating canal in North America (which is still going strong), the area was named “Bytown”.
The area was renamed “Ottawa” in the 1850’s, the name chosen from the river on which the small town sat. A small lumber boom occurred shortly afterwards.
In 1857, Queen Victoria picked Ottawa as the new capital for Canada (for a variety of reasons which we will discuss in the video), and construction began on the immense buildings all around the city, including the Parliament Building.
Today we will look at over 200 photographs of Ottawa which will help illustrate and expand on the current narrative, while hopefully sparking your ideas and curiosity over the area at the time (1860’s-1930’s).
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