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Black Loyalist Settlements This 1788 map of a part of Nova Scotia shows, in the lower left corner, the area of the "Negro Settlements."

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Annapolis Royal

First female to become a police officer in Canada Rose Fortune (March 13, 1774 – February 20, 1864) Annapolis Royal She was an African woman who came to Annapolis Royal with the Black Loyalists where she became a successful businesswoman and the first female police officer in Canada.

The Black community After the American Revolution, thousands of Loyalists fled the United States to settle in Nova Scotia, including 3,500 blacks. They were promised grants of land which, in practice, few obtained. Their community, one of the first Black communities in Canada, was marginalized for almost two centuries. Estimated at 19,225, according to the 2006 Census, it now works to recognize its contribution to the history of the province. (See our file: Black History Month)