Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
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La vie de pionnier dans le Haut-Canada

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The earliest settlers who made their homes in the wilderness were known as pioneers.

Many pioneers of Upper Canada came from France, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and other countries in Europe.  Some settlers went to other parts of North America and later moved into Upper Canada. 

They came to Upper Canada for many reasons.  Some came so they could freely practice their religion.  Some did not like the way their home countries were being run.  Some just hoped they could have a better life in a new country.

Interesting Facts about the Early Settlers

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in 1800, only 10% of the population lived in towns or cities - most lived on farms

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in 1800, the population of Upper Canada was 35 000

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before 1800, most immigrants came from America

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after 1815, large numbers of  immigrants started to come from the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland)

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between 1825 and the 1830's more people came from the British Isles than from America

If you want more details about groups of early settlers, click HERE.

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