180 years ago today, the Rebellion was defeated
On 7 December 1837, William Lyon Mackenzie's rebels were defeated near Toronto. The Upper Canada Rebellion was instigated by Mackenzie but was not well executed. The only thing executed were many of his rebel followers. The lucky ones fled to the USA, the unlucky ones were sent to the penal colonies in Australia and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) - or were executed shortly after the skirmish was over. The last two were executed on this site the following spring in Toronto where the jail once stood.
This blip is part of a series of historical blips of Canada's (and Ontario's) history in their 150th anniversary year. Click on the Rebellion1837 tag for more in that particular series.
For a brief history of the rebellion, see the Wikipedia article.