Fraser River, the principal stream of British Columbia, is formed by two branches, which unite near Fort George, in 54° N. lat. and 122° 45' W. long. ; thence the river flows 800 miles southward to the Georgian Gulf, just north of the international boundary of 49° lat. Its chief affluent is the Thompson River. The rich alluvial deposits of gold along the Fraser's lower basin first attracted emigration to British Columbia ; the lower valley contains some of the best farming land in the province. The salmon-canneries are also important. Steamboats can ascend for 100 miles.
Fredericia, a Danish seaport on the east coast of Jutland, at the northern entrance to the Little Belt. Founded by Frederick III. in 1652, in 1657 it was stormed and razed by the Swedes, nor was it re fortified until 1709. It suffered during the wars of 1848-49 and 1864. Pop. 13,042.
Frederikshald, a fortified seaport of Norway, on the Idde Fjord, near the Swedish border, 85 miles by rail SSE. of Christiania. It was burned down in 1826. To the south-east stands the never-captured fortress of Frederiksteen (1661), before which Charles XII. of Sweden was killed (1718). Pop. 12,000.
Frederikshavn, a port of Jutland, on the Cattegat, 52 miles NE. of Aalborg. Pop. 6891.
Frederikstad, a seaport of Norway, at the mouth of the Glommen, 58 miles S. of Christiania by rail. Pop. 14,217.
Free-town, capital of Sierra Leone (q.v.), on the north side of the peninsula, 5 miles from the Atlantic. Founded as Granvilletown in 1787, it is enclosed by a range of wooded hills. The climate, is unhealthy, especially for Europeans. Pop. 35,000, almost all negroes.