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In many areas traders and merchants, especially in the coastal cities or the northern border regions, had stronger business ties and allegiance to the Crown than did the frontiersmen of the interior.During the 6-year war, which ended with the capitulation of the British in 1782, many colonists who remained loyal to the crown were frequently subject to harsh reprisals and unfair dispossession of their property by their countrymen.Two newspapers were published, there were two bank agencies and the post office received mail daily.Several court and government departments had offices here.General Brock had learned of the honour being offered by the residents of Elizabethtown, but had no chance to give it his official blessing before his death.
On October 13, 1812, he was fatally wounded while leading troops up the heights near the village of Queenston, then held by American militia.
In 1846, the population was 2,111 and there were many buildings made of stone.
There was a court house and jail, six churches or chapels, and a steamboat pier for travel to and from Montreal and Kingston.
Henry Jones, the village postmaster, was elected in October 1830 to the 11th Parliament of the Province.
Brockville became Ontario's first incorporated self-governing town on January 28, 1832, two years before the town of Toronto.
The commanding British General in Upper Canada and temporary administrator of the province was Major-General Isaac Brock.