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Abolition of Slavery in Upper Canada

Though present since the early seventeenth century, Canadian slavery was never as prevalent as it was in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Instead, slavery in Canada took a domestic form as colonial elites turned to African and Indigenous labor to work as carpenters, cooks, and housemaids. As Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe began the initiative to abolish slavery in Canada. The Act Against Slavery passed on July 9, 1793, effectively beginning the gradual end of slavery in Upper Canada.

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