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Indigenous peoples lived along both sides of the St. The first people known to have encountered the Europeans in the area were the St.Lawrence Iroquoians, a group distinct from and preceding the Iroquois nations of the Haudenosaunee, based further to the south.While the explorer Cartier recorded about 200 words in their Laurentian language and the names of two villages, the people had disappeared from the area by the late 16th century.Anthropologists believe they may have been driven out or defeated by the powerful Mohawk people of the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee), who by then reserved the St. This area of Ontario was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when thousands of American refugees arrived from the American colonies after the American Revolutionary War.The first years were very harsh as they struggled on the frontier. Residents commonly called the first settlement "Buell's Bay." Around 1810 government officials of Upper Canada designated the village as Elizabethtown.About 1812 leading residents of the village suggested that the village be renamed to differentiate it from the township of Elizabethtown.Brockville, formerly Elizabethtown, is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada in the Thousand Islands region.
Brockville became Ontario's first incorporated self-governing town on January 28, 1832, two years before the town of Toronto.
There was little industry yet, but one grist mill, four tanneries, two asheries and four wagon makers were operating, in addition to tradesmen of various types.
Later in the 19th century the town developed as a local centre of industry, including shipbuilding, saddleries, tanneries, tinsmiths, a foundry, a brewery, and several hotels.
It is located 115 kilometres (71 miles) south of the national capital of Ottawa.
It is one of Ontario's oldest European-Canadian communities and is named after the British general Sir Isaac Brock.