Legislative Assembly in Newark, 1793

A modern re-creation of the meeting of John Graves Simcoe with his government in the backwoods

In 1793, Governor Simcoe managed to bring in the first law ever to limit slavery in the British Empire. It wasn't easy. The Legislative Assembly in Upper Canada was held in a log cabin in Newark (today’s Niagara-on-the-Lake). There, as shown in this modern re-creation of the assembly in action, Simcoe found himself facing an assembly of aggressive Loyalist settlers, many of whom owned slaves.

F.S. Challener
Archives of Ontario, Government of Ontario Art Collection
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