Mississauga: A City of Many Villages
The story of the emergence of the City of Mississauga is not the story of a single village that grew to become a town and city over time. Rather, Mississauga was born out of a series of amalgamations in 1968 and 1974. As such, Mississauga is comprised on several historic cores or villages, which one comprised the Township of Toronto (Toronto Township). These villages were largely independent entities within what is today a single city.
The settlement history of these villages is connected to the establishment of business and industries, usually near water power sites or major routes of travel. These communities formed the backbone of the development within the Township. Some crossroads communities and hamlets disappeared over time, becoming our “lost villages”, while others thrived and continue to be important and significant components on our modern City.
These villages are still recognized by place names within our City, are listed in Council Chambers in the Civic Centre, and in a myriad of different ways. These are the communities of Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale Village, Port Credit and Streetsville. Each village has a unique history, and collectively provide the history of the early development of the City of Mississauga.