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.Indigenous peoples lived along both sides of the St. The first people known to have encountered the Europeans in the area were the St.Lawrence Iroquoians, a group distinct from and preceding the Iroquois nations of the Haudenosaunee, based further to the south.They were later called United Empire Loyalists because of their continued allegiance to King George III.The struggle between Britain and the 13 American colonies occurred in the years 1776 to 1783, and seriously divided loyalties among people in some colonies such as New York and Vermont.Many Loyalists chose to flee north to the British colony of Quebec. Loyalist to take up land in Brockville was William Buell Sr.It is included with Leeds and Grenville for census purposes only.
While the explorer Cartier recorded about 200 words in their Laurentian language and the names of two villages, the people had disappeared from the area by the late 16th century.Anthropologists believe they may have been driven out or defeated by the powerful Mohawk people of the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee), who by then reserved the St. This area of Ontario was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when thousands of American refugees arrived from the American colonies after the American Revolutionary War.It is roughly a 50-minute drive south of the national capital of Ottawa.It is one of Ontario's oldest European-Canadian communities and is named after the British general Sir Isaac Brock.
Brockville, formerly Elizabethtown, is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada in the Thousand Islands region.Although it is the seat of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, it is politically independent of the county.