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This is a map of Eastern Canada made by Samuel de Champlain in 1612 based on information he was told about the Ottawa River.

For access to the accompanying historiographical essay, with more information about black history and linkages to the Enlightenment, the Romantic era, and the Realist era, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the document beside the picture…

From left to right, these people are Mildred Ware, her son Robert, her daughter Nettie, and her husband John Ware. John Ware was originally from South Carolina where he was born into a slave family. When he grew up he became a successful rancher in…

This graph shows the use of the word law in four publications written at different times.  They are:1) Robert Charles Dallas's 1803 book History of the Maroons: from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierre…

Viola Desmond was a woman ahead of her time on several levels. In 1946 she was a young, successful, Black, female entrepreneur. At a young age she had recognized a lack of beauty services for Black women and launched the Desmond Studio of Beauty…

Jeremiah Jones was from Truro, Nova Scotia who fought in the First World War, including at Vimy Ridge. He enlisted in the Nova Scotia Rifles but was later transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment. Despite his bravery in battle he did not receive…

Many Black families that came to Alberta and Saskatchewan in the early 1900s took up farming. Some were able to take over abandoned, partially established land claims. Others had to start from scratch. Nevertheless within a decade, the average…

The son of American fugitives living in Toronto, Anderson Ruffin Abbott became the first Black medical doctor in Canada. During the American Civil War, he volunteered as a surgeon for the Union forces. After returning to Canada he became Canada's…

These graphs compare the use of the words god and my in four publications written at different times.  They are:1) Robert Charles Dallas's 1803 book History of the Maroons: from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierre…

These graphs compare the use of the words hero and my in four publications written at different times.  They are:1) Robert Charles Dallas's 1803 book History of the Maroons: from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierre…