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Between the mid 1700s and the late 1800s, both free and enslaved Africans made their way to Nova Scotia, Canada, in search of safety, freedom, and independence. American Blacks who settled in Nova Scotia were primarily from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. They brought with them strong religious values, virtues of persistence, and a fundamental belief in community. They also brought their skills. Many immigrants were recorded in local government files as skilled workers and laborers and others were classified simply as tradespeople. Between 1749 and 1782, approximately 400 enslaved Africans and 17 free Blacks from New England had migrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Those early immigrants were generally in service of their White masters, although in 1772 ...

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