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Mackenzie's Crossing 1837

Mackenzie's Crossing 1837

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Mackenzie's Crossing 1837

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Mackenzie's Crossing 1837

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Fort Erie
In a parking area at the intersection
of the Niagara Parkway and Thompson Road

Coordinates: N 42 56.930 W 78 56.706


Plaque Text

On Dec. 7, 1837, William Lyon Mackenzie's "Patriot" forces were defeated north of Toronto by Loyalist militia and he fled toward the United States. Travelling little used routes in order to avoid government forces which were scouring the countryside, he reached this vicinity on December 11th. Capt. Samuel McAfee, who owned this property at the time, provided Mackenzie with a boat to cross the Niagara River. While the rebel leader was embarking, James Kerby arrived with a detachment of militia, but the McAfee family distracted his attention until Mackenzie gained the safety of the American shore.

Related Toronto plaque
William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861


Rebellion of 1837

Fort Erie Plaques

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