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          Toronto Historical Dates 

   Town of York                     (1793–1834)
   City of Toronto                  (1834–1954)
   Metropolitan Toronto       (1954–1998)
   Toronto Megacity              (1998–present)

 One of the oldest Toronto pictures

 The Toronto area was home to a number of First Nations groups of people - who lived on the shore of Lake Ontario.
York was the name of Toronto, Ontario, between 1793 and 1834. The town of York was established in 1793 by Governor John Graves Simcoe, with a new 'Fort York' on the site of the last French 'Fort Toronto'. York was attacked by American forces during the Battle of York, part of the War of 1812. It was occupied, pillaged and then partially burned down on April 27, 1813.  On March 6, 1834, York was incorporated as the City of Toronto. The first mayor of Toronto was William Lyon Mackenzie.
Toronto grew rapidly in the late 19th century, the population increasing from 30,000 in 1851 to 56,000 in 1871, 86,400 in 1881 and 181,000 in 1891.

Great Fire of Toronto (1849) was the first major fire to destroy part of the City and the second in the 19th century.

The Great Fire of Toronto of 1904 was the second great fire that destroyed a large section of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 19, 1904 but it was quickly rebuilt.

 Toronto Fire

A continuous influx of newcomers from Atlantic Canada and large numbers of immigrants from around the world have contributed to the steady growth of Toronto and its surroundings since the Second World War. The large numbers of immigrants helped Toronto's population swell to over one million by 1951, and double to over two million, by 1971. Today, Toronto is the primary destination for new immigrants to Canada, the vast majority from the developing world.

In 1998, the six municipalities comprising Metropolitan Toronto – East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and the former City of Toronto were amalgamated into a single City of Toronto.

According to a United Nations report, Toronto has the second-highest proportion of immigrants in the world, after Miami, Florida. Almost half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada.

 Streetcar of the future














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