Canadian History for Kids: The Underground Railroad

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Black History Month Articles, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: The Underground Railroad

This Canadian History for Kids exclusive looks at the Underground Railroad . This story is a apart of our continuing Black History Month series. During the seventeenth century, Africans were brought to the United States to work as slaves. By the mid-nineteenth century, slavery was a very common thing in the southern part of the United States. Plantation owners used slaves to work their farms. Many of them picked cotton that was sold to clothing factories in Britain.

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Canadian History for Kids: Slavery

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Black History Month Articles, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Slavery

Canadian History for Kids exclusive looks at slavery as apart of our Black History Month series. The first 20 African slaves arrived near Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, brought by Dutch traders who had seized them from a captured Spanish slave ship. The crew of the Dutch ship was starving, and, the Dutch traded 20 African slaves for food and supplies. Slaves were most economical on large farms where labour-intensive cash crops, such as tobacco, could be grown.

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The Case of Billy the Barrel and the Missing Golden Lantern

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Black History Month Articles, Sketches of Our Canada

The Case of Billy the Barrel and the Missing Golden Lantern

Billy the Barrel used his famous Golden Lantern to help many slaves through the underground railroad and into Canada where freedom awaited them. In this Chugger Mugger mystery book, the famous lantern has just been stolen from the Maple Leaf museum and it is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to find the Golden Lantern! This full colour saddle stitched book is 28 Pages long. The book is formatted like a picture book with small “Beaver Tales” facts as well as two full-pages of information containing details about select Canadian history topics relating to the book.

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Black History Month in Canada

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Black History Month Articles

Black History Month in Canada

  Black History Month in Canada honours the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. This year, Black History Month in Canada celebrates the contributions of black soldiers who fought in the war of 1812. On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. Britain at the time were also at war with France and their leader Napoleon. Much of the war was fought at sea and on the Great Lakes but the American army also tried to invade Canada. Blacks fought on both sides of the war. In Canada thousands of Black volunteers fought for the British. Man of these men feared that...

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Mary Ann Shadd

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Black History Month Articles

Mary Ann Shadd

  Mary Ann Shadd was born on October 9, 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware the eldest of 13 children. Her parents were free African-Americans and raised their children to be dedicated to the abolition of slavery. As a child, Mary’s father’s shoemaking business was known to be a part of the underground railway. She encountered many frightened slaves fleeing to Canada. The education of black people was illegal in Delaware at the time, so in 1833, the Shadd family moved and Mary attended a Quaker school for black children in West Chester, Pennsylvania. After completing her studies in...

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Black History in Canada

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Black History Month Articles

Black History in Canada

  The contributions of African-Canadians in areas such as education, politics, business, religion and entertainment has enhanced our great Canadian cultural landscapes. Here are just a few noteworthy African-Canadians personalities who changed Black History in Canada forever.   Josiah Henson Henson was born a slave in Maryland, United States. As a young man Henson was told by his owner that he would be offered manumission (ownership of himself). He realized after time that his owner had no intention of giving him his freedom. Henson then escaped from his owner with his wife and...

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