Steilacoom is located on the southern shore of Puget Sound, just southwest of Tacoma. Its name is an anglicization of “č'tilqʷɘbš” (pronounced “CH'tilQWubSH”) in the Steilacoom People's language, Whulshootseed, a subdialect of Puget Sound Salish.1
In 1792, Vancouver's crew sailed past and met with Indigenous people offshore from Steilacoom, and by 1824, the HBC visited the village.2
This 1856 despatch makes reference to a principal military station at Steilacoom.
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Steilacoom. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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