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Quiz about History of Vancouver British Columbia
Quiz about History of Vancouver British Columbia

History of Vancouver, British Columbia Quiz


Vancouver, formerly known as Gastown, is Canada's most populous western city. It is also fairly younger than most other cities in Canada and in North America in terms of formally settlement by Europeans. What do you know about its history?

A multiple-choice quiz by Joepetz. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Joepetz
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
379,496
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
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1. The area that is now occupied by the city of Vancouver was once indigenous territory. Which of the following tribes was NOT one of the First Nations of people to originally occupy the area? Hint

Tsliel-waututh
Musqueam
Huron
Squamish

2. Europeans first arrived in the area in 1791 when a sailor from which nation arrived in Burrard Inlet, where Vancouver is today, but kept sailing on without exploring the area? Hint

England
Russia
France
Spain

3. Settlement in Vancouver and British Columbia as whole was slow until gold was discovered in what location in 1857? Hint

Robson Valley
Peace River
Fraser Canyon
Discovery Islands

4. After the gold rushes subsided in the 1860s, what became the predominant industry in Vancouver? Hint

Oil
Cotton
Lumber
Beef

5. In 1871, which Canadian Prime Minister began the Canadian Pacific Railway, which has its western terminus in Vancouver? Hint

Pierre Trudeau
Mackenzie Bowell
Stephen Harper
John A. Macdonald

6. What was the cause of the Great Fire of Vancouver that completely leveled the city on June 13, 1886? Hint

A cow kicked over a lantern
A brush fire
A gaslight exploded
Unknown causes

7. Which lawyer became known as "the man who flattened the Rockies" because he successfully negotiated a decrease in freight rates for the port of Vancouver, likely saving the city from economic destruction in the 1920s? Hint

Alexander Bethune
Charles Edwin Thompson
Gerry McGeer
William Templeton

8. Which group of people were expressly forbidden to immigrate to Canada by an exclusion act passed in 1923? This bill had been pushed by British Columbia because of social unrest in Vancouver. Hint

Children
Chinese
Indians
Americans

9. What kind of bombs were Fu-Go, bombs that Japan used unsuccessfully during World War II, to bomb Vancouver (and the western USA)? Hint

Nuclear bombs
Fire balloons
Torpedoes
Huge cannonballs

10. Which Canadian freestyle skier won Canada's first official Olympic gold medal on home turf at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver Hint

Alexandre Bilodeau
Christine Nesbitt
Tessa Virtue
Jasey-Jay Anderson


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1. The area that is now occupied by the city of Vancouver was once indigenous territory. Which of the following tribes was NOT one of the First Nations of people to originally occupy the area?

Answer: Huron

The Huron lived much farther east, in the Great Lakes area. The term First Nations refers to Canada's non Inuit indigenous people who lived in Canada prior to the arrival of Europeans.

All three of these tribes still have reserves in or near Vancouver. The Musqueam or Xwmthkwyiem are the only tribe to have reserves within the Vancouver proper. The other two live outside city boundaries.
2. Europeans first arrived in the area in 1791 when a sailor from which nation arrived in Burrard Inlet, where Vancouver is today, but kept sailing on without exploring the area?

Answer: Spain

Jose Maria Narvaez was the sailor who first landed on the Sunshine Coast. He then traveled to Burrard Inlet, which is where Vancouver is located today. Although he sailed near Vancouver and Puget Sound, he never explored them. The year after, George Vancouver of England met up with the Spanish and explored Puget Sound and the First Nation settlements, claiming much of the land of England.
3. Settlement in Vancouver and British Columbia as whole was slow until gold was discovered in what location in 1857?

Answer: Fraser Canyon

There had been a few short gold rushes prior to the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, but those did not result in any significant permanent settlement in the area. The new of the discovery of gold in the area first reached San Francisco where tens of thousands move north into the Vancouver area but most walked away empty handed.

However, the sudden influx of Americans frightened the British who made British Columbia a colony in fear that the United States would. As a result, the British started building infrastructure projects and cities, including Vancouver.
4. After the gold rushes subsided in the 1860s, what became the predominant industry in Vancouver?

Answer: Lumber

The first lumber mill opened in 1863 by Sewell Moody, an American who later gave his name to the Moodyville neighborhood. British Columbia was and still is a heavily forested area of North America with some of the tallest trees in the world. This made it a prime location for a lumbering industry within Canada.

Other sawmills soon popped up with most of the production being exported or used in shipbuilding.
5. In 1871, which Canadian Prime Minister began the Canadian Pacific Railway, which has its western terminus in Vancouver?

Answer: John A. Macdonald

Macdonald was the first Canadian Prime Minister who was heavily involved in the building and funding of the railway. It later came to light that members of the Liberal-Conservative Party of which Macdonald belonged had taken bribes from railway owners. Macdonald was voted out of office because of it in 1873 but was elected again in 1878.

One of British Columbia's conditions on being allowed to join the Canadian Confederation was that it must allow the terminus in Vancouver to be physically connected with the rest of Canada. At the time, most of the provinces in the Confederation were far away on the east coast as most of the prairie provinces had not been officially entered into the Confederation.
6. What was the cause of the Great Fire of Vancouver that completely leveled the city on June 13, 1886?

Answer: A brush fire

Vancouver was expanding rapidly and thus a decision was made to clear away forested land for developmental purposes via burning. A strong wind caused the brush fire to grow and spread until the whole city, apart from just a few buildings, was destroyed. Vancouver was quickly rebuilt and modernized.
7. Which lawyer became known as "the man who flattened the Rockies" because he successfully negotiated a decrease in freight rates for the port of Vancouver, likely saving the city from economic destruction in the 1920s?

Answer: Gerry McGeer

In 1914, the Panama Canal was completed and it was commonly believed that it would steal trade business from Vancouver. To counteract this, British Columbia proposed lowering the freight rates on goods passing through the Rocky Mountains. This proposal was rejected by the Canadian Government but British Columbia fought back with McGeer was its lawyer and won.

As a result, it remained more economically feasible for Canadian and American wheat to be shipped to Asia via Vancouver and not Panama. McGeer went on to gain popularity in politics as Mayor of Vancouver and a member of Parliament.
8. Which group of people were expressly forbidden to immigrate to Canada by an exclusion act passed in 1923? This bill had been pushed by British Columbia because of social unrest in Vancouver.

Answer: Chinese

An influx of Chinese immigrants had caused riots in 1907 and tensions continued on for decades. The bill, which made exceptions for students and diplomats, essentially banned all Chinese immigrants. It was passed mostly in response to the killing of Janet Smith, who was allegedly murdered by a Chinese immigrant. Today, it is believed the accusation was more based on racism than evidence.

The Chinese Immigration Exclusion Act was repealed in 1947. Prime Minister officially apologized for the act in 2006.
9. What kind of bombs were Fu-Go, bombs that Japan used unsuccessfully during World War II, to bomb Vancouver (and the western USA)?

Answer: Fire balloons

Fu-Go or fire balloons were hydrogen balloons with bombs attached, which the Japanese would float over the Pacific in the hope that they would attack Canada and the USA. They were largely unsuccessful as only one fire balloon claimed any casualties (six people in Oregon).

The Japanese launched several balloon bombs, most of which failed to detonate, reach North America or do any damage. None of the balloons even reached Vancouver proper, but some did land close by.
10. Which Canadian freestyle skier won Canada's first official Olympic gold medal on home turf at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

Answer: Alexandre Bilodeau

Bilodeau won gold in the Men's Moguls competition, something he also did at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Canada had not won any gold medals when Montreal Calgary and hosted the games in 1976 and 1988 respectively. It did win an exhibition gold medal for curling when Calgary hosted but curling was not an official sport at the time. Overall, Canada won 14 gold medals, which set a record for the Winter Games, and won 26 medals overall.

It was the first time Canada topped the gold medal chart in history.
Source: Author Joepetz

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