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Across the lake: Toronto, ON & across the river: Fort Niagara, NY: At Niagara on the Lake, ON, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a Canadian town located in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region of the southern part of the province of Ontario. It is located across the Niagara river from Youngstown, New York. The settlement, known from about 1761 as Butlersburg, in honour of Colonel John Butler, the commander of Butler's Rangers, was renamed West Niagara to distinguish it from Fort Niagara. It was a British military base and haven for British loyalists fleeing the United States during the volatile aftermath of the American Revolution. Renamed Newark by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe in 1792, he made it the first capital of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario). Due to Newark's close proximity to the American border, Simcoe moved the capital in 1797 to York {today's Toronto} and Newark was officially renamed 'Niagara' in 1798.

Niagara played a central role in the War of 1812.

Across the River, Fort Niagara is a fortification originally built to protect the interests of New France in North America. It is located near Youngstown, New York, on the eastern bank of the Niagara River at its mouth, on Lake Ontario. (Source:

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  • Uploaded on September 25, 2012
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    by Auggie W
    • Taken on 2012/09/19 17:35:57
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