Brichtown, Nova Scotia established
On this date in 1783 Birchtown, Nova Scotia was established. This was one of the largest free Black settlements in North America in the 18th century.
Their beginning actually started with the American Revolutionary War and Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia. He offered freedom to any African slave in the colony’s who would escape from his master and fight on the side of those loyal to the British Crown. More than 300 Blacks immediately found their way behind British Lines and formed The Ethiopian Regiment. African slave Soldiers who fought for the British did so in the belief that they were securing freedom, not only for themselves, but for all enslaved Blacks.
The British were confident, because slaves made up 20% of the American population, that if they could convince them to join the ranks, the Colonial uprising…
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