Before the first European settlers, the Mississauga Native people inhabited what we know today as Kensington. The first European settlers arrived in the late 1700s. The British took possession of the land as part of a massive land sale treaty first signed in 1787 in Prince Edward County with three Mississauga Native Chiefs. The southern part of the Toronto segment covered the lakeshore from roughly the Etobicoke River to the Scarborough Bluffs.