Bedford Basin near Halifax (Nova Scotia), ca. 1835

Black settlers travelling by wagon near Halifax

Some 3,550 Black Loyalists – those who fought for or supported Britain during the American Revolution – came to the Nova Scotia as free men and women in 1783 and took up small parcels of land. After the War of 1812, another small influx of freed Blacks arrived from the United States.

Robert Petley
Library and Archives Canada
c. 1835
Watercolour over pencil on wove paper laid down onto card
1938-220-1 / C-115424
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