By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that came about within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific realization to people who carved a thriving city out of the frontier publish that was once the city of York. (1989)
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It is to the next major period in the history of the city that this chapter is directed—the few years after 1825 which saw the village of York turn into the thriving city of Toronto. This transformation arose from the great population influx from the British Isles that began in the mid-1820s: within a 34 Metropolitan Toronto Library Sports in Toronto harbour, 1835. 35 decade the population of York leaped from 1,685 (1824) to 9,252 (1834), and its surrounding Home District (basically York, Simcoe, Peel, and the former Ontario counties) grew from 14,924 to 46,288.
In addition, although Toronto was never the scene of much shipbuilding, its merchants were shareholders in many of the ships built around the lake, and Torontonians such as Hugh Richardson and the Macintosh brothers commanded many of the most notable vessels. Not satisfied with these steamer and stage connections, in the years 1834-38 the merchants of the city made their first attempt to improve communications with the city's hinterland to the north and northwest by planning a railway. The surveys originally called for a line to Lake Simcoe, but later they were altered so that the line would run to Lake Huron and thus to the American west beyond.
As the seat of government it was the location of the Crown Lands Office. 16 Banking in Toronto underwent a major boom in the years preceding the panic of 1837. For a decade after 1822, the government-allied Bank of Upper Canada—the first bank in the colony — was the only bank in the city. Its first real rival was the Commercial Bank of the Midland District, founded at Kingston in 1832 and partly controlled by Toronto interests, which soon opened an office in the capital. Because, like the Bank of Upper Canada, it was a Tory organization, its appearance in the city did not quell Reform demands for an independent bank.
A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in Victorian Toronto by Frederick H. Armstrong