2nd Jan, 2013

History of Chippawa, Ontario and Interesting Trivia

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Chippawa Ontario is part of the City of Niagara Falls, Regional Municipality of Niagara, and lies on the Welland and Niagara Rivers, 5 kilometers south of Niagara Falls city centre. Click here for a brief history of Niagara Falls Ontario.

The village of Chippawa was the site of a French stockade before the British conquest of Canada in 1759. During the American Revolution a British blockhouse known as Fort Chippewa stood here.

Thomas Cummings, a Scot who had lived in Albany New York, was the first settler, and built a house in 1783 on the anks of the Welland River, then known as Chippewa Creek.

In 1779 the settlement was called Fort Welland, and in 1835 the name was changed to Bridgewater. The post office, called Chippawa, opened in 1801. The name Chippawa is believed to have derived from an Ojibwa word.

The community was heavily damaged during the War of 1812. In 1813 a British and Canadian force crossed to the American side of the Niagara River from Chippewa and attacked the depot at Fort Schlosser. This successful raid inspired other raids along the frontier.

On December 29th, 1837, under the cover of darkness, volunteers commanded by Captain Andrew Drew of the Royal Navy captured American schooner Caroline which had been supplying Mackenzie’s rebel forces on Navy Island in the Niagara River. The ship was set on fire and sunk in the Niagara River.

In 1841 at the age of 65, heroine Laura Secord bought a house in Chippawa and lived in it until her death at age 93. A memorial stone in a local cemetery describes her heroic act of 1813.

The Sir Adam Beck Hydro-Electric Power Project, began in 1917, used an intake from the Niagara River at Chippawa through a cut made a century before for the first Welland Canal.

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