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Thunder Bay District was established in 1871 from Algoma District.
Originally the area was inhabited by Ojibway Indians. By the 1670's fur traders were in the area and trading posts were being established. Both the Hudson's Bay Company and Northwest Company did business in this district.
By the 1850's settlers were starting to arrive, and settlement increased in the 1870's when the railroad came.
"Population 1,480 in 1871, 39,496 in 1911, 85,200 in 1941 and 141,755 in 1980."3
Thunder Bay District is located in Northern Ontario.
Prior to 1871 - Algoma District
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3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984