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African Canadians

From: The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples/African Canadians/Ames W. St. G. Walker

Canadians of African descent include people brought to this country as slaves in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, former American slaves who arrived here between the American Revolution and the Civil War, free American migrants, Caribbean Peoples, and those who have come directly from Africa. This entry, which follows the current practice of using the terms “African Canadians” and “blacks” interchangeably, focuses on the historic black community that had established itself in Canada by the end of the nineteenth century. (See also CARIBBEAN PEOPLES, ERITREANS, ETHIOPIANS, GUYANESE, HAITIANS, JAMAICANS, NIGERIANS, OROMOS, SOMALIS, SOUTH AFRICANS, AND TRINIDADIANS.)