BLACK CANADIAN HISTORY
The rich and proud legacy of the diverse Black Canadian Population stems from the Underground Railroad from the USA, The Maroons from Jamaica in 1765, Along with multiple wave of migration from Africa, The Caribbean, Europe, Australasia and from the Americas.
Black People have helped to establish Canada as a Nation from the earliest settlers who arrived in this Country prior to all European and Asian migrants. According to Western History, the first named Black person to set foot on Canadian soil was Mathieu Da Costa, a free man who was hired as a First Nations, French, English and Portuguese translator by Explorer Samuel de Champlain’s for his 1605 excursion. The first shipload of African slaves to reach British North America landed at Jamestown in 1619 long before Canada was established as a Country in 1867.
Since Mathieu Da Costa was born on March 1st, 1589 in Africa and was able to translate between French, Portuguese and the Aboriginal First Nations languages, it is evident that he had visited The North American Continent in the late 1500s prior to the Europeans arriving who then hired him for his Translation services. He lived among Canada’s First Nations and Aboriginal People for some time to have understood their Languages, Customs and way of life.