Ottawa History - In the very beginning
the Algonquin Indians were the first people to inhabit
the Ottawa area.
By the end of the New France in 1759, the Ottawa
area was under British rule.
After the War of 1812 between Canada
and the United States in 1836 and 1832 Colonel By
was recognized as the first builder and planner of
what was to become the Capital.
The area had a thriving forest industry. In 1855,
Bytown (which is what Ottawa was once called) was
incorporated and became Ottawa. Then Ottawa became
of the Capital of Canada.
Queen Victoria chose the City of Ottawa
in 1857 to be the seat of new government during that
time. At this time the Ottawa population grew to 18,000.
April 26, 1900 a fire started in Hull and destroyed
a large part of the country including the Chaudière
and left thousands homeless.
February 3, 1916 another fire took seven lives in
the Parliamentary reading Rooms in
the Centre Block.
In 1936, Canadian Prime Minister
Mackenzie King decided he wanted to see large parks,
scenic driveways and more for the Ottawa area and
thus began its change into what it is now. The plans
continued over the year and finally it became what
he wanted it to.
In the 1980’s Ottawa took
on many new cultural exhibits for the nation and had
many wonderful festivals for residents and visitors
alike. Music, theatre and nightlife all became a major
push for Ottawa.
Now it took on many exciting dimensions and Ottawa
became the lovely city it is today. Museums
were built, skyscrapers were erected and many other
exciting things were brought to the area to invite
others to move to the land. Today many people call
it their home and many more visit it throughout the