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Departure for Sierra Leone
  This watercolour view of the harbour at Freetown shows some of the 15 vessels that made the voyage from Nova Scotia during the winter of 1792.
Courtesy of Robert G. Kearns, private collection, Toronto.
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Moving on to Sierra Leone

Disheartened with life in Nova Scotia, 1,196 Black Loyalists accepted a British offer to relocate to Sierra Leone, West Africa. On 15 January 1792, they departed Halifax in a fleet of 15 vessels. Sixty-seven people died during the voyage. The rest landed at Freetown on 28 February and 9 March.