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The then British colony of Jamaica had a significant population of escaped American and West Indies slaves, called Maroons, who lived there in freedom. Some had lived in Jamaica for generations. After an unsuccessful revolt against the British…

This word cloud is based on Volume II of Robert Charles Dallas's 1803 publication History of the Maroons.  This 940-page book of letters demonstrates an Enlightenment-influenced style of writing.  He is sympathetic to the rights of the oppressed…

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…

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…

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…

Ships built in Europe travelled a roughly triangular route around the Atlantic during the 1600s and 1700s, and they rarely travelled empty. They carried guns, luxury items and manufactured goods to Africa, the West Indies and North America. In…

This is a map of the Saint John River and its tributaries in New Brunswick created in 1788.  It is thought to be the first map of this area that was relatively unknown by Whites until it was settled by United Empire Loyalists from the United States…

Marie Joseph Angélique was a Black slave woman living in Montreal in the early eighteenth century. She was accused of setting fire to her mistress’s house and, in doing so, burning down half of what is now Old Montreal. She was tried in a court…

Advertisements of runaway slaves of this sort were common before 1833 when the British abolished slavery. The format of the ad is also common, giving a description of runaway, Henry Jones, and threats to anyone who might aid in his concealment.…

This petition from James Frazer to the Governor of Upper and Lower Canada, Robert Prescott, is a request for assurances that these colonies will not abolish slavery. Frazer was a White United Empire Loyalist who came to Nova Scotia and brought, at…