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Rupert's Land

In 1670 King Charles II chartered a new company to be called Hudson's Bay Company and set aside all lands draining into Hudson's Bay for the use of this company. He named this area Rupert's Land in honour of his cousin Prince Rupert.

Rupert's Land formed the western & northern boundary of New France and extended west from Labrador to the Rocky Mountains.

It covered an area nearly eight million square kilometres and included all of present-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and parts of the North-West Territory, Quebec, Manitoba, Nunavut, Newfoundland, Labrador and Ontario.

In 1870 Rupert's Land was purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company by the Dominion of Canada for £300,000. This allowed Canada to expand westward.

Rupert's Land was then known as the North-West Territories until Ontario and Manitoba expanded northward.

In Ontario, area that once was Rupert's Land became the District of Keewatin, Algoma District, Cochrane District, Kenora District, Rainy River District and Thunder Bay District

Upper Canada [Est. 1791]
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Canada West [Est. 1841]
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Ontario [Est. 1867]
Addington County [Est. 1792]
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Algoma District [Est. 1858]
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Bathurst District [Est. 1824]
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Bothwell District [Est. 1867]
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Brant County [Est. 1852]
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Brock District [Est. 1837]
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Bruce County [Est. 1849]
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Cardwell District [Est. 1867]
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Carleton County [Est. 1800]
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Cochrane District [Est. 1922]
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Colborne District [Est. 1841]
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Dalhousie District [Est. 1838]
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District of Keewatin [Est. 1876]
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Dufferin County [Est. 1881]
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Dundas County [Est. 1792]
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Durham County [Est. 1792]
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Eastern District [Est. 1792]
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Elgin County [Est. 1852]
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Essex County [Est. 1792]
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Frontenac County [Est. 1792]
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Glengarry County [Est. 1792]
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Gore District [Est. 1816]
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Grenville County [Est. 1792]
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Grey County [Est. 1852]
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Haldimand County [Est. 1800]
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Haliburton County [Est. 1874]
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Halton County [Est. 1816]
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Hastings County [Est. 1792]
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Hesse District [Est. 1788]
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Home District [Est. 1792]
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Huron County [Est. 1842]
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Huron District [Est. 1842]
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Johnstown District [Est. 1798]
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Kenora District [Est. 1907]
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Kent County [Est. 1792]
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Lambton County [Est. 1850]
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Lanark County [Est. 1824]
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Leeds County [Est. 1792]
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Lennox & Addington County [Est. 1800]
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Lennox County [Est. 1792]
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Lincoln County [Est. 1792]
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London District [Est. 1800]
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Lunenburg District [Est. 1788]
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Manitoulin District [Est. 1888]
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Mecklenburgh District [Est. 1788]
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Middlesex County [Est. 1800]
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Midland District [Est. 1792]
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Monck County [Est. 1867]
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Muskoka District [Est. 1868]
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Nassau District [Est. 1788]
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Newcastle District [Est. 1802]
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Niagara District [Est. 1800]
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Nipissing District [Est. 1858]
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Norfolk County [Est. 1792]
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Northumberland County [Est. 1792]
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Ontario County [Est. 1849]
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Ontario County (#1) [Est. 1792]
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Ottawa District [Est. 1816]
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Oxford County [Est. 1800]
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Parry Sound District [Est. 1869]
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Peel County [Est. 1852]
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Perth County [Est. 1850]
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Peterborough County [Est. 1838]
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Prescott County [Est. 1800]
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Prince Edward County [Est. 1792]
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Prince Edward District [Est. 1831]
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Rainy River District [Est. 1885]
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Renfrew County [Est. 1838]
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Rupert's Land
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Russell County [Est. 1800]
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Simcoe County [Est. 1798]
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Simcoe District [Est. 1837]
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Stormont County [Est. 1792]
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Sudbury District [Est. 1894]
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Suffolk County [Est. 1792]
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Talbot District [Est. 1837]
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Thunder Bay District [Est. 1871]
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Timiskaming District [Est. 1912]
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Victoria County [Est. 1852]
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Victoria District [Est. 1837]
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Waterloo County [Est. 1838]
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Welland County [Est. 1845]
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Wellington County [Est. 1852]
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Wellington District [Est. 1837]
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Wentworth County [Est. 1816]
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Western District [Est. 1792]
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York County [Est. 1792]

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