December 31 1857 – Ottawa is Named the Capital of Canada by Queen Victoria

December 31 1857 – Ottawa is Named the Capital of Canada by Queen VictoriaRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Almost a decade after the Canadian Parliament Buildings burned to the ground in Montreal, Queen Victoria of England made a decision which would reorient the sprawling province in North America. On December 31, 1857, she issued a decree naming the small town of Ottawa the new capital. In denying the much larger cities of Toronto and Quebec City the privilege, she laid a foundation of security for the center of government in Canada. Though European traders had been floating past the location for centuries engaging with the native Algonquin tribes, […]