Esquimalt

Esquimalt

[ih-skwahy-mawlt]
noun
a naval base and seaport on the SE end of Vancouver Island, in SW British Columbia, in SW Canada: suburb of Victoria.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To esquimalt
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

esquimalt

district municipality and western suburb of metropolitan Victoria, southwestern British Columbia, Canada, at the southeastern end of Vancouver Island, on Juan de Fuca Strait. The name means "place of gradually shoaling waters" in the local Indian language. Its harbour was visited (1790) by Manuel Quimper of the Spanish navy, who called it Puerto de Cordova to honour the Mexican viceroy. The community originated during the Crimean War (1853-56) as a naval base for a combined British-French fleet, which attacked the Russian northern Pacific port of Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Siberia. The British-owned installations were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910. Esquimalt is the site of one of the world's largest dry docks and is now the headquarters of the Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific. Inc. 1912. Pop. (2006) 16,840.

Learn more about Esquimalt with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;