La Guayra Settlers, The

In 1827, some 135 destitute settlers arrived at Guelph. They formed part of a group sent in 1825 to La Guayra, Venezuela by a British land company. Unsuited to the tropical climate and unable to work their poor land, they abandoned the colony and requested assistance from the British government. Transported to New York, they were directed to the Canada Company's settlement in Upper Canada. For going the required charges, the superintendent, John Galt placed them on Company land. This philanthropic action was criticized by his superiors and was one of the reasons leading to his recall to England in 1829.


In front of the Marden Library and Community Centre, 7368 Wellington Road 30, Guelph

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Wellington

Municipality: City of Guelph