History of Windsor

Now the "Automotive Capital of Canada," Windsor is one of the oldest communities in North America, rich with artifacts of the past.

It is a meeting place for First Nations peoples, francophones and anglophones and border crossers of the contemporary nation-states of the US and Canada.
Windsor’s colourful history includes first skirmishes in the War of 1812, acting as the final terminus of the Underground Railroad, and rum-running during Prohibition with frequent visits by Al Capone and his “Purple Gang”.
Olde Sandwich Towne, now part of Windsor, was established in 1796 and is recognized as the “oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Ontario. Windsor has a rich history, that has continued to be explored by historians as the city helps define the 21st Century.