Hamilton is the third largest city in Canada. With a population of over 600,000 people, Hamilton (traditionally known as a steel town due to its large steel manufacturing companies) is a port city at the west end of Lake Ontario. In 2001, the city amalgamated with the Hamilton-Wentworth townships to Regional Municipality to form the new City of Hamilton.
The founder of Hamilton, George Hamilton, purchased farm holding from James Durand (British Legislative Assembly member), just after the War of 1812. The region was used in pre-colonial times by the Neutral Indians who slowly were driven out by the Five Nations (otherwise known as Iroquois), allied with the British against the French and the Huron. Mohawk Road was named by a member of the Iroquois Confederacy. 10,000 United Empire Loyalists settled around the area in 1784, and were soon followed by many other Americans. The city's build was gradual, with the first police board and town limits defined in 1833. The city achieved official status on June 9th, 1846 by an act of Parliament and the first library built in 1890. In the years 1877-1878, Hamilton housed the first commercial phone service in Canada - this was the British Empire's first telephone exchange and the second exchange in North America.
Stelco and Dofasco, two large steel manufacturing companies were formed in 1910 and 1912. Hamilton's industrial businesses expanded the population greatly and other American companies followed suit, such as Proctor & Gamble and the Beech-Nut Packing Company. McMaster University moved from Toronto to Hamilton and in 1940 the Hamilton Airport was built. The very first Tim Horton's store was built in 1964. Recently many large industries have shut down or moved and the Hamilton economy now sees more businesses in the service sector, like health and sciences.
If you're visiting Hamilton, there are many great things to see, such as the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Bruce Trail. Hamilton's nickname "The CIty of Waterfalls" comes from the fact that over 80 waterfalls have been identified along the hiking path of the Bruce Trail.
In 1914, Ontario's third largest public art gallery was founded in Hamilton; the gallery contains 8,500 works in its permanent collection. Hamilton is twinned with Flint Michigan, Sarasota Florida, Monterrey Mexico and Mangalore India to name a few.
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