History – Toronto is a thriving city
with a diverse culture and an interesting history.
Founded as a trading center in the 1600’s, aboriginal
peoples would gather by the shores of Lake Ontario
to do business and socialize. This “meeting
place” was named Toronto, a literal translation
in the Huron language.
English Settlers arrived in 1793,
and they renamed the area York. The town of York became
a city in 1834, and the Huron name of Toronto reinstated.
The city kept growing and growing until it reached
the booming population of almost 5 million that it
has today. Toronto is now the capital city of Ontario,
and the number one tourist destination in Canada.
Toronto has an amazing Heritage Foundation
that works hard to preserve the history of the city.
It is rich history, full of culture and art. Below
is abrief timeline of some of the historical events
1600 - Huron’s have a favorite
on Lake Ontario for meeting. In the Huron language
it is known as To'ron'to - Place of Meeting.1615 -
Etiênne Brulé is the first European to
arrive in the area.
1751 - Fort Toronto is built by the
French, but ultimately lost to the British.
1793 - Sir John Simcoe moves to Toronto
and renames it "York".
1796 - Yonge Street is first laid
out. It is the longest street in the world and measures
1813 - American soldiers march in
and burn the town of York.
1834 - York is renamed "Toronto"
and, with a population of 9, 000, is upgraded to city
1837 - The Mackenzie Rebellion tries
but fails to overthrow the British who rule Upper
1851 - The "Northern" becomes
Toronto’s first railroad.
1875 - Nurse Elizabeth McMaster founds
the Hospital for Sick Children.
1878 - The Canadian National Exhibition
(CNE) opens for the first time in Toronto.
1904 - Twenty acres burn to the ground
in the Great Fire of Toronto.
1914 - Toronto wins its first Stanley
1922 - Frederick Banting and John
MacLeod - win the Nobel Prize for the discovery of
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