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Colonization & Growth in the 1800’s

The Mississauga Purchase was a land purchase treaty in 1806 between the Mississauga Indians and the British government. It included the Lakeview area. This opened up a vast new area for colonization. Soon after, Lakeshore Road and Dundas Road were created to facilitate the new wave of immigrants.

On Lakeshore Road, along each of the rivers, large creeks and cross roads, communities developed. They are today’s Burlington, Bronte, Oakville, Clarkson, Port Credit, Lakeview and Long Branch. During the 1840s, these areas virtually wiped out their forests and turned them into farms. In fact, many street names in Mississauga today carry the family names of these same farmers and land owners.