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First Settlers

Following the fall of Quebec, the Dundas area came under the control of the British in 1759. Soon after, Loyalists began to arrive and settled the area as “authorized squatters”. The new arrivals quickly developed unsurveyed land, receiving money for the land when the surveys were completed. Early documents reveal the first settler was Anne Morden in 1787. She set up a homestead along a creek leading into a large marsh at the western end of Lake Ontario, known today as Cootes Paradise. Many homesteads were built on similar creeks in Dundas and Hamilton during this tumultuous time as people fled the United States and the American Revolution. During early settlement, the Dundas area was still a wilderness. Travel routes were – not surprisingly – along First Nation portage routes. Travel was far easier by water than land. For more information click here.