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Muddy York by Richard Fiennes-Clinton
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it was amazing
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Richard Fiennes-Clinton is the owner of Muddy York Walking Tours. Since 1997, he has been conducting a variety of tours and introducing visitors and residents to the secrets behind Toronto. After reading his book, it's obvious he knows his stuff!

I was attracted to this book because I am interested in the history of Toronto. I knew some of its history but I learned a lot more. It's amazing how intertwined the early families of York were as friends and with intermarriage.

This book covers the history of Toronto (aka Muddy York) from prehistoric times to 1834. The chapters include:

* Prehistoric Toronto
* Toronto's first people
* Algonquian and Iroquoian people
* Toronto under the French crown
* Colonies in crisis
* Founding of the Town of York
* A biography of the Simcoes
* Early settlement near York
* The streets of York
* The major events around York - with emphasis on the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837
* The buildings around York

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I liked the writing style. There is a lot of information but I didn't find that it dragged or was boring. The way that it's written, you can read it from front to back (like I did) or you can turn to specific sections that interest you.

It was interesting to read about the history of the streets of York/Toronto, how they got their names and if they still exist today. The same goes for the buildings around York. There was a great amount of background about them and in most cases, a picture of what they used to look like. It would have been nice to have a map with the buildings plotted and a picture of what the location looks like today since most of the buildings are unfortunately not around.

Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2016/01...
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C.  (Never PM.  Comment, or e-mail if private!) I love visiting Toronto (of course my brother and family) the rare opportunities that come. Always something new each time. Teena, when you're back from your trip; I would love to have you in my circles! You read a great variety. Carolyn. https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel...

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