The Capital Years


The Capital Years is being published to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the opening of the first parliament of Upper Canada.

Nine scholars have contributed to this book, which explores the daily life of the inhabitants during the time period 1792-1796 when the area served as the capital of Upper Canada. Their knowledge and expertise give the book depth and breadth of scholarship.


"This is a marvellous addition to the historical record of early Ontario history."

Hamilton Spectator (February, 1992)

"The Niagara Historical Society and its editors deserve considerable credit for producing this commemorative volume."

Ontario History

"The writing is of consistently high quality ... The Capital Years is informative for provincial as well as local history."

CBRA (January, 1991)

About the Authors

Richard D. Merritt

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Richard D. Merritt

Richard D. Merritt was co-editor and contributing author of The Capital Years: Niagara-on-the-Lake 1792-1796. Although an ophthalmologist by profession, he has had a lifelong interest in Niagara's history. In 2009 he was named Niagara-on-the-Lake's Citizen of the Year for his contributions to heritage preservation.