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It was founded in 1781 and was mainly used as a military base for the British during the Revolutionary War.
Briefly, it was the capitol of Upper Canada in the 1790's.
People Born in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake in People's Lives
John Graves Simcoe: I moved here in 1792, as Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. I changed the name of this town to Newark, made it the capitol of Upper Canada, and held my first parliament here. I made political advances toward abolishing slavery during my time here. I moved away in 1798, deciding that this town was too close to the American border to serve as capitol, settling instead on Toronto.