Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition


"Report of lands cleared by the people of colour in the settlement of Preston..."

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This important document sheds light on the work patterns of the black refugees. It demonstrates the wide range of their farming abilities. Clearly some were good farmers, while others struggled unsuccessfully to cultivate the poor land allotted to them. Refugee housing is also described. The majority lived in huts, some lived in "snug" houses, and others had not yet built a dwelling.

Date: 9 May 1816

Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 vol. 421 no. 3 (microfilm no. 15464)