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African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

Advertisement for the settlement of black Nova Scotians in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Company, a British anti-slavery organization, offered free African Nova Scotians the opportunity to settle in Sierra Leone, a West African colony of freed slaves. Conditions in Nova Scotia were so difficult that about one-third decided to go to Sierra Leone.

Date: 2 August 1791

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 vol. 419 no. 1 (microfilm no. 15460)

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