Ontario Visual Heritage Project


Simcoe's Plan

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Baldoon Mystery

A Place of Refuge


Elgin Settlement

Talbot Road

Bothwell's Boom

Civil War


Chatham-Kent Museum


Sir John Graves Simcoe traveled to Chatham-Kent in 1793, hoping to build an agricultural community based on the British Model. His plan was to link major settlement sites via a military road and a system of rivers and canals.

An important figure that crossed paths with Simcoe was Sally Ainse. She was a member of the Oneida First Nation and was an influential interpreter and diplomat.  She had strong relations with all the native groups as well as European settlers.

By 1796, Simcoe left the province due to health concerns. Much of his grand plan to integrate the province was never fully realized. However, before his departure he created legislation that would help prevent the spread of slavery.

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