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History of Mississauga

December 4, 2012 - Updated: December 4, 2012


A Quick Look at the History of Mississauga

Although you may know some about the history of Mississauga, you may not be aware that Native people may have been living in this neck of the woods dating thousands of years back, according to archaeological findings. There is a long and rich history behind Mississauga, which takes it back thousands of years up to the innovative and vibrant city it has now become.


The purchase of Mississauga

During the 1600s explorers found Native people living in the area of the Credit River Valley and one of these groups was named the Mississaugas. By 1700 the area was called the Mississauga Tract and part of the land was purchased by York government officials in 1805. The purchase price was 1000 pounds in sterling.


Some of the farmland was retained by the Mississaugas on each side of the Credit River and was named Toronto Township. A fellow named Samuel Wilmot began surveying the land below Toronto Township and the area began to settle. The communities developed at this time included Port Credit, Summerville, Dixie, Cooksville, Erindale, Clarkson and Sheridan.


Clarkson - The area was named after a gentleman named Warren Clarkson that was one of the first settlers in this area. The area became known as Clarkson's Corner with the Clarksons operating the post office and the general store for many years.


Port Credit - The plot for this town was first made in 1834. This was a slow growing town with a population hitting 250 after it had been established for 15 years.


Cooksville - Jacob Cook was a successful entrepreneur and the town was named in his honor in 1836. He was a mail carrier that ran a stagecoach for passengers and mail for the Toronto Township. This stagecoach ran as far as Goderich and Kingston.


Dixie - This area took on its name in 1865. Dr. Beaumont Dixie had donated money to a chapel in the area that serviced all of the various Protestant denominations. Today you can view this historic stone church at the corner of Cawthra Road and Dundas Street.


That’s enough history for today! Now go out and enjoy a wonderful day in this exciting city that is still creating history!

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