Maritimes, Runaway Slave Advertisements, Canada, Colonies, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
The end of the American War of Independence prompted thousands of Loyalist refugees to flee the United States. 30,000 went to the Maritime colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, bringing with them roughly 1,200 enslaved people. The newspapers founded by these Loyalists include advertisements for runaway slaves. These advertisements reveal the presence of slavery Maritime colonies and explain the nature of slavery there. Comparisons between these advertisements and those from other British North American colonies complicate the traditional understanding of Canada as a land of freedom for many black people. Significantly, these advertisements also bear witness to the acts of resistance of courageous individuals who resisted the notion of bondage.
Chute, Sarah Elizabeth, "Runaway Slave Advertisements from Loyalist Newspapers of the Maritime Colonies" (2018). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 98.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Fugitive slaves--Maritime Provinces--History--18th century--Sources; Slavery--Maritime Provinces--History--18th century--Sources; Slaves--Maritime Provinces--History--18th century--Sources; Slaveholders--Maritime Provinces--History--18th century--Sources; United Empire loyalists--History
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