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Black History Month: Canada Had Slavery?

Written by  Epoch Times Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:01
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Rare painting of a slave by Canadian artist François Malépart de Beaucourt, titled “Portrait of a Haitian Woman"
Rare painting of a slave by Canadian artist François Malépart de Beaucourt, titled “Portrait of a Haitian Woman" Photo Courtesy of McCord Museum

For Canadians, the launch of Black History Month on Feb. 1 may bring to mind slavery and Canada’s noble legacy of emancipation through the Underground Railroad, which enabled thousands of slaves to escape to Canada (then British North America) over a 20-year period.

But few realize that slavery was also practiced in Canada, albeit on a much smaller scale than in the American South. African slaves were brought here as chattel by the French and English and forced to work as servants and farmhands. 

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