Columbia River

River. British Columbia: Headwaters are Columbia Lake at Canal Flats
48°59’59” N 117°37’56” W — Map 82F/4 — Google
Earliest known reference to this name is 1795.
Name officially adopted in 1910. Official in BCCanada
Elevation: 3747 m

Adopted in the 9th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1910, as named on maps and charts since 1795

Called Oregon River, by Jonathan Carver, 1766. Called Rio de San Roque by Bruno Heceta, who discovered the river’s mouth in 1775, and so-labelled on Spanish charts.

Named Columbia River in 1792, by Captain Robert Gray of Boston, after his ship Columbia, which entered the mouth of the river in May of that year. In turn, the name of Gray’s vessel honours Christopher Columbus, who “discovered” America in 1492.

References:

  • Columbia River. Wikipedia
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. Columbia River. BCGN

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