Birchtown and the black loyalists book
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre |This book chronicles experiences of African Americans who were part of the influx of Loyalist refugees from the American Revolution. For their loyalty, they were evacuated by the British Navy to Nova Scotia, where they were to receive freedom, land, and provisions. The Black Loyalists landed at a settlement named Birchtown, adjoining the white Loyalist town of Shelburne. On arrival they found virtually no shelter. Many died and others only survived by digging small holes in the ground and fixing logs over top for makeshift huts.
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Birchtown and the Black Loyalists
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For centuries men, women, and children were stolen from their villages in Africa, taken to the Americas and enslaved. Until the Revolutionary War in , freedom from slavery in North America was nothing more than a dream. But the war offered an opportunity. If they fought for the British, slaves were promised freedom, land and supplies. Called the Black Loyalists, they fought bravely, not only for Britain, but also for their futures.
Founded in , the village was the largest settlement of Black Loyalists African-American slaves who joined the British during the American Revolutionary War and gained freedom. The community was the largest free settlement of ethnic Africans in North America in the eighteenth century.
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