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East Preston, Canada

NS Archives document: William Riley, with his daughter Rose standing behind him in the doorway, Cherry Brook http://ow.ly/hgL6L Eleven kilometers east of Dartmouth are the communities of Cherry Brook/Lake Loon, North Preston, and East Preston, which were once included within the British Township of Preston. Approximately 150 Black Loyalist families were among the first settlers, followed by the Jamaican Maroons and then the Black Refugees from the War of 1812. Although the majority of the first two groups, the Black Loyalists and the Jamaican Maroons, left Nova Scotia and relocated in Sierra Leone in West Africa, descendants of these groups still reside within these three communities. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)

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