Ottawa

Ottawa

Ottawa (/ˈɒtəwə/ ( listen) or /-wɑː/; French pronunciation: ​[ɔtawa]) is the capital city of Canada. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada, becoming the capital of the country in time for Confederation in 1867. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning "to trade".[10] In common parlance, "Ottawa" interchangeably refers to the City of Ottawa, which stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in Ontario, the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA), the National Capital Region (NCR), or the Federal government of Canada.[11]

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