Almonte, Ontario

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The post office in Almonte, Ontario, perhaps the only town in Canada named for a Mexican general. The citizens of the town distrusted the United States, an antagonism that went back to the War of 1812, and since General Juan Almonte had fought in border skirmishes against the U.S., in 1856 they named the town in his honor and sent a message to their neighbors. Today, the town’s name is pronounced “AL-mont” but the General is not forgotten.

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General Juan Almonte (1803-1869)

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