Trafalgar Township

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Trafalgar Township was a municipality within the historic Halton County in Ontario, Canada.[1] It is today a geographic township in the town of Oakville in the Regional Municipality of Halton.[2]

Historical population
1817 548
1841 4,590
1850 4,513
1871 5,027
1891 4,153
1911 3,968
1931 4,442
1951 8,118
1961 31,743
Source: "Early Ward 5 History". Trafalgar Township Historical Society.

Named after Cape Trafalgar where Horatio Nelson led the English fleet to victory over the Spanish and French at the Battle of Trafalgar, the township was created in 1806.[3] Trafalgar was one of three townships surveyed by Samuel Street Wilmot after the purchase of land from the Mississaugas in 1805.[4]

The boundaries extended from Lake Ontario in the south to Steeles Avenue in the north, and from Winston Churchill Boulevard in the east to Burloak Drive in the west.[5] In 1962, the township was amalgamated into Oakville.[5] Dundas Street was the main transportation corridor through the township.[4]

Wheat was the main agricultural crop of farms in the township for most of its history with the crop taking up from one quarter to one third of the cultivated land.[4]

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  1. ^ "Map of the County of Halton, Ontario" (JPG). 1880 Map of Ontario Counties - The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project. McGill University. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  2. ^ "Trafalgar". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  3. ^ Fairbairn, Gardiner (2009). Nothing But Names: An Inquiry Into the Origin of the Names of the Counties and Townships of Ontario. BiblioBazaar. p. 243. ISBN 978-1-110-32611-2.
  4. ^ a b c "Appendix J: Cultural Heritage Assessment Report". Draft Environmental Assessment Report -- Bruce to Milton Transmission Reinforcement Project. Hydro One. September 2008. pp. 40–42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b "About Trafalgar Township". Trafalgar Township Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-09-22.

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Coordinates: 43°30′20″N 79°47′39″W / 43.50556°N 79.79417°W / 43.50556; -79.79417