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Lawrence River bordering the state of New York that had left re-supply ships bound for southwestern Ontario easily exposed to enemy fire during the War of 1812.Colonel By set up military barracks on the site of today's Parliament Hill. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario.

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Prime Minister Mackenzie King hired French architect-planner Jacques Greber to design an urban plan for managing development in the National Capital Region, to make it more aesthetically pleasing and thus more befitting a location serving as Canada's political centre.

Greber's plan included the creation of the National Capital Greenbelt, the Parkway, the Queensway highway system, the relocation of downtown Union Station (now the Government Conference Centre) to the suburbs, the removal of the street car system, the decentralization of selected government offices, the relocation of industries and removal of substandard housing from the downtown and the creation of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River pathways to name just a few of its recommendations.

The Library of Parliament and Parliament Hill landscaping would not be completed until 1876.

In 1889 the Government developed and distributed 60 'water leases' (still currently in use) to mainly local industrialists which gave them permission to generate electricity and operate hydroelectric generators at Chaudière Falls.

A new Central Post Office (currently the Privy Council of Canada) was constructed in 1939 beside the War Memorial because the original post office building located on the proposed Confederation Square grounds had to be demolished.

Ottawa's former industrial appearance was vastly altered by the 1950 Greber Plan.

The Ottawa river valley has archaeological sites with arrow heads, pottery, and stone tools.

Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years.

Ottawa was the only settlement of any substantial size that was already located directly on the border of French populated former Lower Canada and English populated former Upper Canada thus additionally making the selection an important political compromise.

At the time, this was the largest North American construction project ever attempted and Public Works Canada and its architects were not initially well prepared.

overtaken in the 1890s by a vast electric streetcar system that lasted until 1959.

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