Vancouver’s Dutch roots, and a pilgrimage by the SS Chuck Davis

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You’ve most likely by no means heard of Coevorden, a city of 35,000 within the Netherlands. But it surely has a giant connection to Vancouver — it was the ancestral homeland of Capt. George Vancouver, who our metropolis is called after.

In actual fact, Vancouver’s household identify was initially van Coevorden, which suggests “cow crossing” in Dutch.


This data comes courtesy of philanthropist Yosef Wosk and author Alan Twigg, who’ve been delving into George Vancouver’s heritage.

“I just like the roots of phrases, the beginnings of phrases, and for years I puzzled (about) Vancouver — what does that imply?” mentioned Wosk. “It doesn’t sound English. Oh, it’s Dutch, he will need to have had a Dutch household. When did they immigrate from Holland, and why?”


Wosk was so taken with what he discovered that he determined to mount a “pilgrimage” to Europe to hint Capt. Vancouver’s roots, which he deliberate to movie to point out at colleges.

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Coevorden in the course of the Second World Struggle is April 5, and the city was liberated by Canadian troops. When Wosk and Twigg discovered this out, they made plans to be in Coevorden for a celebration of the liberation.