Unsuccessful Invasion of Kingston

The recruitment of American volunteers for the Patriot Army. Source: Syracuse Herald (November 26, 1899). 

By 1838, numerous secret societies of trained and armed Americans had formed with the intention of liberating Upper Canada from British rule.

Charles Dickens on Kingston Penitentiary

Kingston Penitentiary circa 1906. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

On his 1842 visit to Canada, Charles Dickens made a number of observations about Kingston, including the "well and wisely governed" penitentiary.

History and Innovation

Welcome to the History and Innovation website created by the City of Kingston to commemorate and celebrate the stories that make our City. Begun as a part of the Sir John A. bicentennial commemorations, this site includes information nodes about John A.’s life and Kingston’s First Capital era.

Information can be searched by theme, date and location. 

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