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Toronto's Lost Villages: A Blog

I grew up in Scarborough during the 1950s. Then, it was a place of blowing grain and grazing cattle. Farm homes and barns lined the gravel roads, while hamlets and small villages clustered at the many crossroads, mill sites, and the railway stations. But poorly planned urban sprawl was creeping across the countryside and rural Scarborough was vanishing. As indeed was much of what we call today the GTA.

History is not what actually happened, but rather what is recorded to have happened. For numerous reasons, some deliberate, others not, the recording of history can often be a distortion, if not a complete misrepresentation, of the events as they actually occurred. As such, the historian must be a sleuth to uncover, as closely as possible, the actual reality and drivers behind those events. This can be a daunting task as there are a myriad of challenges to obscure the “truth,” especially for military historians.