4SETTLEMENT ON THE SYDENHAM

Deed and seal granting ownership of 100 acres of land in Caradoc Township to Archibald Campbell.  Dated April 10, 1829.  The Campbells settled on the land in 1822.
Deed and seal granting ownership of 100 acres of land in Caradoc Township to Archibald Campbell. Dated April 10, 1829. The Campbells settled on the land in 1822.
3. To reward "heroes" of the War of 1812 and the war with France. These people expected land rewards from the King of England, but there was no land left in Britain to give them. So land in Upper Canada was given away instead. Many of these people thought of themselves as the new Canadian royalty. They tried to create a feudal system in Upper Canada, and had tight control over the military, government and economy.

It was easy for the British Government to give away land along the Sydenham River because it was sparsely settled. The land was fertile and flat, which meant it was easier to clear. The river gave settlers fresh water, and power for their water mills. It could also be used as a highway to move goods to Detroit, where they could be sold. A new road had been built between London and Goderich, which made it easier to get to the Sydenham River by land.

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