General Brock had learned of the honour being offered by the residents of Elizabethtown, but had no chance to give it his official blessing before his death.Provincial officials accepted the new name, which was soon commonly used by residents and visitors.It is located 115 kilometres (71 miles) south of the national capital of Ottawa.
Known as the "City of the 1000 Islands", Brockville is located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River opposite Morristown, New York, about halfway between Ontario's Cornwall to the east and Kingston to the west.
The commanding British General in Upper Canada and temporary administrator of the province was Major-General Isaac Brock.
He was celebrated as the "Hero and Saviour" of Upper Canada because of his recent success in securing the surrender by Americans of Fort Detroit during the War of 1812. Brock, certain leading citizens of the village, including Charles Jones, proposed the name of Brockville.
There was little industry yet, but one grist mill, four tanneries, two asheries and four wagon makers were operating, in addition to tradesmen of various types.
Later in the 19th century the town developed as a local centre of industry, including shipbuilding, saddleries, tanneries, tinsmiths, a foundry, a brewery, and several hotels.
In many areas traders and merchants, especially in the coastal cities or the northern border regions, had stronger business ties and allegiance to the Crown than did the frontiersmen of the interior.