Richard Pierpoint is an example of a man who was captured and enslaved in Africa and transported to the United States where he was a slave before he gained his freedom and made his way to Canada. He fought on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War in Butler's Rangers and thereafter obtained his freedom, and a land grant in the Niagara area of Upper Canada. Despite being over sixty years old at the start of the War of 1812, Pierpoint fought at Queenston Heights as a part of "Captain Runchey's Company of Coloured Men." Black Canadians also fought in both the Upper and Lower Canada Rebellions of 1837 and 1838.
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Unknown, “Richard Pierpoint,” Black History In Canada, accessed October 18, 2018, http://blackhistoryincanada.ca/items/show/20.