The entire area surrounding the present-day Vancouver was home to Native Americans for thousands of years. It wasn't until 1792 that Europeans made it onto the scene with the arrival of  Robert Gray. Continuing his exploration in the region, he chose the where the city now lies, to be called Vancouver in honor of his commander Captain George Vancouver

Soon after, more explorers headed to southern Washington, the ever-famous duo, Lewis and Clark. The two claimed the area as quite desireable land near the Rocky Mountains after spending quality time discovering the area's beauty.

When the first settlers came to make a real community, it was first known as Fort Vancouver. It became a hotspot for fur trade and thus brought more and more people in.  By 1857 it dropped the "Fort" and became officially incorporated.

Fur trade died down when during World War I, Vancouver was needed for a different asset, timber. The natural resources of the area have made it continuously important over time, having seen important people as well. Ulysses S. Grant was was stationed here in the mid 1800s. Today the beauty of the region compels more and more visitors annually.