Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition


Letter from Governor Cornwallis about Captain Bloss and his slaves

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Captain Thomas Bloss RN brought sixteen black slaves to Halifax in 1750. Governor Cornwallis believed that this half-pay naval officer would be of great service. Clearly slaveholders were seen as holding out good economic prospects for early Halifax.

Date: 22 September 1750

Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 vol. 35 no. 25 (microfilm no. 15231)