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05-09-2021, 02:45 PM

Does anyone know the history of Africans in Canada? What is their genetic make-up like? Do they also have some European like African Americans?

I know a few thousand Africans arrived in the 17-18th centuries, but that's just about all I know.

05-09-2021, 02:59 PM
The first Afro-Canadians arrived as a part of the 'United Empire Loyalists' after defecting to the British in the American revolutionary war. They were given land to settle in Nova Scotia as well as in Upper Canada (Ontario) as freemen. More followed during the next centuries through the underground railroad. In terms of genetics, they should score similar to African-Americans. Afro-Canadians though are mainly concentrated in the Maritime provinces, Montreal and Southern Ontario today and are rather small in terms of population ( given most Black/African-Canadians are of Afro-Caribbean/Horner/West African etc descent and largely outnumber them).

05-09-2021, 04:06 PM
I think some went back to West Africa (Liberia) with the help of the British

05-09-2021, 04:51 PM
Thousands of African slaves escaped from plantations and fled to British lines, especially after British occupation of Charleston, South Carolina. When the British evacuated, they took many former slaves with them. Many ended up among London's Black Poor, 4,000 resettled by the Sierra Leone Company to Freetown in Africa in 1787. Five years later, another 1,192 Black Loyalists from Nova Scotia chose to emigrate to Sierra Leone, becoming known as the Nova Scotian settlers in the new British colony of Sierra Leone. Both waves of settlers became part of the Sierra Leone Creole people and the founders of the nation of Sierra Leone.


Liberia was a slightly different story.