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American soldiers destroyed much of the garrison and set fire to the parliament buildings during their five-day occupation.
The sacking of York was a primary motivation for the Burning of Washington by British troops later in the war.
Since then, the capital of Canada has remained Ottawa.
Toronto became the capital of the province of Ontario after its official creation in 1867, the seat of government located at the Ontario Legislature located at Queen's Park.
The Grand Trunk Railway and the Northern Railway of Canada joined in the building of the first Union Station in downtown.
The surrender of the town was negotiated by John Strachan.Toronto's population of only 9,000 included escaped African American slaves, some of whom were brought by the Loyalists, including Mohawk leader Joseph Brant.Torontonians integrated people of colour into their society.Smaller numbers of Protestant Irish immigrants were welcomed by the existing Scottish and English population, giving the Orange Order significant and long-lasting influence over Toronto society.For brief periods Toronto was twice the capital of the united Province of Canada: first from 1849 to 1852, following unrest in Montreal, and later 1856–1858, after which Quebec became the capital until 1866 (one year before Confederation).