- Question 2
- Upper Canada was the
first of the British colonies to move to abolish slavery.
There had been no restriction against slavery in Canada during the
time of the French and then the British colonists, until the year
1791. In that year, Colonel John Graves Simcoe, who became Lieutenant
Governor of the province, challenged the legality of slavery in Upper
Canada. It became the only colony to legislate for the abolition of
slavery. By 1800, courts in others parts of British North America
had moved to eliminate slavery and in August 1883 the British Parliament
passed a law abolishing slavery in all the colonies. The law went
into effect in August of 1834.
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