Toronto has a rich history, both culturally, economically and otherwise. The downtown townhomes that we know today were, of course, not always there. The land
was rich with arable soil and made for a great location for settlers to locate
Toronto was officially named a city in 1834, and had 9,250 inhabitants. It
competed for years with Montreal as being Canada's leading city both economically
and culturally. After it was declared a city, it was Upper Canada's largest
community. It grew quickly, and by 1851 had a population of 30,775. There have
been many photographers and historians who have used either their own equipment
or the help of a professional to help share the images captured from long
ago. These images show a much smaller city than we know today, but the city
was considered quite impressive at the time.
Though the city grew quickly, it did have its own trials and tribulations to
overcome. Cholera hit the city hard in 1832, and then again in the years 1834
and 1849. This and other widespread illnesses diminished the population. However,
it continued to push forward and overcome its obstacles. The first train to
leave Toronto rolled out of the station in 1853, which was an exciting accomplishment
for the whole city. The industrial revolution was soon to come, after which
confederation industrialization really took over. The city may not have been
using equipment like the modern day sheet metal benders that we use today, but
it certainly managed to develop a great deal of buildings and institutions.
The Royal Ontario Museum was founded in 1912, growing Toronto's cultural community
and gaining respect from other surrounding communities. Shortly after, the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922. Toronto had officially established itself
as a well-respected city in terms of its cultural offerings.
In 1951 the volume of immigrants moving to Toronto really began to grow. This
change and development allowed Toronto to become known more globally. Cultures
from all corners of the world were beginning to find their place in Toronto,
and the communities were able to live in harmony. This is still true today,
and Toronto is seen as one of the world's most positively culturally diverse
cities. Sudden increase of population in the area could have been difficult
for the city to support, but it managed to keep up, and surrounding areas developed. New real estate were developing rapidly.
Federal policies changed in the 1970's to accommodate the cultural diversity
within the city. These and other developments have allowed to city to remain
a peaceful but very happening place. If you are looking to develop or share
any information you may have or find interesting about Toronto, there are tools
such as online fact sharing sites to help you do this. Toronto is one of the world's
most interesting cities. Whether you have lived there your whole life or have
never even visited, you can enjoy learning more and sharing more about it.
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