Splitting hairs again. When the United States were colonies of Britain, slavery was legal, at one time or another, in all 13 colonies. Canada, where it was a colony or a country, allowed slavery!!!<quoted text>
The "slaves" in Nova Scotia numbered around 250. And, again, Canada was not Canada at that time, it was a British Colony. Canada became Canada on July 01,1867. The U.S., under British administration until 1776, had slaves. The tragedy is, once the United States became an independent and sovereign country, slavery kept going for 90 years and the British were not to blame this time, they abolished slavery in 1830. At not time, since 1830 under British rule and 1867 as a sovereign nation did Canada tolerate slavery.
Vermont was the first state to ban slavery in 1777! In 1783 the Massachusetts State Supreme Court ruled slavery unconstitutional.
1777: Slavery abolished in Madeira, Portugal
1777: Constitution of the Vermont Republic bans slavery.
1780: Pennsylvania passes An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery, freeing future children of slaves. Those born prior to the Act remain enslaved for life. The Act becomes a model for other Northern states. Last slaves freed 1847.
1783: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules slavery illegal based on 1780 state constitution. All slaves are immediately freed.
1783: New Hampshire begins a gradual abolition of slavery.
1784: Connecticut begins a gradual abolition of slavery, freeing future children of slaves, and later all slaves.
1784: Rhode Island begins a gradual abolition of slavery.
1787: The United States in Congress Assembled passed the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 outlawing any new slavery in the Northwest Territories.
1793: Upper Canada (Ontario) abolishes import of slaves by Act Against Slavery
1799: New York State passes gradual emancipation act freeing future children of slaves, and all slaves in 1827.
1804: New Jersey begins a gradual abolition of slavery, freeing future children of slaves. Those born prior to the Act remain enslaved for life
1807, 2 March: Thomas Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves into law in the U.S. which took effect January 1, 1808.
1817: New York State sets a date of July 4, 1827 to free all its slaves.
1828: New York State abolishes slavery. Children born between 1799 and 1827 are indentured until age 25 (females) or age 28 (males).