By Gerry Boyce
Winner of the 2010 Ontario old Society’s Fred Landon Award for top neighborhood History.
Belleville, at the shorelines of the Bay of Quinte, strains its beginnings to the arriving of the United Empire Loyalists. For 30 years the centre of the current urban was once reserved for the Mississauga First country. White settlers who outfitted dwellings and companies at the land paid annual lease to them until eventually the land used to be "surrendered" and a city plot specified by 1816. the hot city speedy turned a huge lumbering, farming, and production centre. Early affects contain the Marmora Iron Works of the 1820s, the 1st railway in 1856, Ontario’s first gold rush in 1866, and in demand electorate akin to famous pioneer writer Susanna Moodie and Sir Mackenzie Bowell, Canada’s 5th major minister.
this can be a own historical past of Belleville, according to Gerry Boyce’s half-century of study. Embedded all through are fascinating and vague tales approximately scandals, murders, and hauntings — the underbelly of the expansion of a city.
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Belleville: A Popular History by Gerry Boyce