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Settlement Growth Following American Revolution

  • After the American Revolution in 1784, land-seekers from the United States and former German soldiers grew
  • Land at the mouth of the Detroit River (presently the Town of Amherstburg, formerly the Township of Malden) had been taken by former officers and men of the British Indian Department
  • Settlers moved eastwards along the north shore of Lake Erie
  • To reward patriotism, the British Court offered land for settlement
  • Land had to have certain improvements within a year and could not be held or used for speculation
  • In 1787, the aboriginal people purchased the four townships formerly known as Gosfield North and South and Colchester North and South
  • This area was named the “New Settlement” to distinguish between it and the “Old Settlement” of Sandwich and Amherstburg
  • The new settlement went from the boundary of Malden Township to Mill Creek, where Kingsville is today

    Early Settlers to Essex County with team of horses drawing wagon load of hay

  • The name of this section was then changed to the Two Connected Townships in 1790
  • First settlers were the Hessians who fought for the British against the American rebels
  • Many Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonites, who because they did not actively support the revolution, were branded as British Supporters.