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Burlington's Past

“Nowhere Else But Here” –A (Very) Brief History of Burlington
By John Lawrence Reynolds
Joseph Brant, Chief of the Six Nations peoples and a man who counted King George IV among his admirers, was more than culturally aware and politically astute. He was also, in the opinion of many residents of Burlington, exceptionally perceptive. As a reward for his loyalty to the British Crown during the upheavals of the American Revolution, Chief Brant was awarded a substantial grant of land. He claimed 1400 hectares (3450 acres) bordering Lake Ontario, stretching from the middle of the Beach Strip separating the lake from Burlington Bay all the way to what is now Spencer Smith Park at the base of Brant Street. It was an excellent choice. Along with access to the lake and its year-round moderating effects on the climate, the land included some of the richest agricultural soil in this part of Canada. In fact, over the 200+ years since, the sandy earth’s productivity shaped the farming community that grew into the modern city of Burlington.
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mapImage Map Kilbride Cumminsville-Dakota Villages of Lowville and Highville Mount Nemo Zimmerman Alton Village Village of Tansley Nelson Hannahsville Aldershot Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) LaSalle Park Maple Avenue The Beach Wellington Square Indian Point Shore Acres Appleby Freeman Brant's Block

John Lawrence Reynolds has published more than two-dozen award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent book is a mystery novel titled, Beach Strip. He has been a resident of Burlington since 1964