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With a population of around 320,000, HAMILTON lies at the extreme western end of Lake Ontario, about 70km from Toronto, and it takes its name from George Hamilton, a Queenstown storekeeper-turned-landowner, who surveyed the area after he moved here following the destruction of his homestead during the Anglo-American War of 1812. Strategically located, the town was soon established as a trading centre, but its real growth began with the development of the farm-implements industry in the 1850s. By the turn of the twentieth century, Hamilton had become a major steel producer and today its mills churn out about …
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