First Acquisition of Land From the Mississaugas
Excerpted from the Region of Peel Web Site
Have you ever wondered about how and when the land of Peel was acquired by the British Crown? The first purchase of land took place in 1805 with an agreement between the Crown and the Mississauga Ojibway, the native people who lived in this area. The Crown purchased 70,784 acres of land which stretched from the Etobicoke Creek to Burlington Bay, and north from Lake Ontario to present-day Eglinton Avenue. This included what is now the southern part of the City of Mississauga, plus part of Halton as well.The purchase price was 1,000 pounds plus various household items. The agreement was signed by William Claus, Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs, on behalf of the Crown. The Mississaugas who affixed their signs to the agreement were Chechalk, Quenippenan, Wabukayne, and Okemapenesse.A second agreement in 1818 for 648,000 acres included the rest of present-day Peel. The County of Peel was formed in 1849 as an upper-tier government, by grouping together some of the townships surveyed further to these original two purchases (Toronto Township, Toronto Gore, Chinguacousy, Caledon and Albion). All townships and municipalities in Peel were amalgamated in 1974 to form the Region of Peel's three constituent municipalities: the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon.
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