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Hastings County was established in 1792 and named for military leader Francis Rawdon-Hastings. The county is the second largest in Ontario.
Early settlers were mainly Loyalists who arrived in 1784. Among the first were members of the Mohawk Tribe from New York's Mohawk Valley. By the 1850's the southern part of the county was fairly well settled so the northern part was opened for settlement.
Gold was discovered near Eldorado (Madoc Twp) in the 1860's.
"Area 1,406,709 acres."3
"Population 27,408 in 1852 and 104,662 in 1980."3
Hastings County is located in South-Eastern Ontario.
1792-1837 - part of Midland District
1837-1849 - part of Victoria District
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2 Places In Ontario by Nick & Helma Mika, 1977
3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984