A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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THE IMPOSSIBLE HOME: Robert Kroetsch and his German Roots
Question 1
The city of Toronto, Ontario was founded in part by a German land speculator.

True. In 1794, the city of York, now Toronto, was co-founder by William Berczy, a German land speculator and artist, when he started a gigantic colonization venture in Markham Township. With 190 immigrants recruited from Germany, he made way for a road through the forest that became Toronto's Yonge Street. He cleared land, cultivated fields, erected church and school, and built a model settlement who "German Mills" became widely known. The enterprise disbanded in 1803 when the Executive Council of Upper Canada, distrusting Berczy's motives, declared his grant invalid.


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