CANADA: Early history of Black Canadians in Toronto’s neighbourhoods – The Weather Network

Isabella O’Malley, M.Env.Sc – Reporter – February 14th 2022 – The Weather Network

The Weather Network is headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, a city with hundreds of years of rich history and culture. In celebration of Black History Month, we would like to recognize the early history of Black Canadians in the 1800s.

In the 1800s, many Black Canadians used their skills to cultivate the land, build communities, and establish businesses.

Historians estimate that 30,000 to 40,000 people escaping slavery arrived in Canada through the Underground Railroad, which began in the 1830s. According to the U.S. National Park Service, they travelled in the darkness after sunset and used the North Star, which is most visible in the evenings during late winter and spring, as a northward guide to freedom.

Several cities in southern Ontario that are close to the United States, such as St. Catherines, were stations on the Underground Railroad where Harriet Tubman led African Americans who were escaping slavery.

READ MORE  –Exploring the early history of Black Canadians in Toronto’s neighbourhoods

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