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This 1788 image is described by Library and Archives Canada as a "rare and early example" of a Black person in what was then the British colony of Nova Scotia. This watercolour by artist William Booth depicts a wood cutter, indicating lumbering as a…

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…

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…

This extract from the title page of the Book of Negroes is taken from the British version of this document. Two of these hand-written records were made simultaneously - one by the British and one by the Americans - listing the names and descriptions…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…