Oshawa is a Canadian city on the Lake Ontario, 56 kilometers in the south of the downtown area of Toronto, in Ontario. Its population in 2004 rose with approximately 150.000 inhabitants; with the suburbs, the total goes up to 296.298 inhabitants. Its name comes from the language Sénéca and means " crossing of the courants". In the beginning, Oshawa was a station of draft for the trade of the furs. These last were charged on boats by the Mississauga Indians with the port with Oshawa and transported to the stations of draft more in the west, with the mouth of the Rivière Credit.
Auto industry, and particularly the Canadian division of General Motors, were always the heart and the heart of the saving in Oshawa. Since its foundation in 1876 as a McLaughlin Carriage Company, the general headquarters of GMC, just as of the major factories of assembly are in the city. The city is also the site of establishment of the Windfields Farm, a breeding of horses where Northern Dancer was born the most famous Canadian racehorse.
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