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Melville Island, Melville Island, Nova Scotia , Canada
Melville Island
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Melville Island

Melville Island, Melville Island, Nova Scotia , Canada

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The complex on Melville Island was a holding place for enemy prisoners during various periods throughout its existence.

The complex on Melville Island was a holding place for enemy prisoners during various periods throughout its existence. In 1815, the prison complex served as a quarantine station for 100–200 Black refugees of the War of 1812.

These formerly enslaved persons eventually settled in the Halifax– Dartmouth area. On May 30, 2005, a commemoration was held at Melville Island to mark this historic location and its place in Canada/US history.

Surrounding Melville Island is the Northwest Arm; on this body of water early Black settlers played the game of ice hockey.

Today the property is the home of the Armdale Yacht Club.

Source:
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)

Location

Melville Island, Melville Island, Nova Scotia , Canada
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Additonal Toursim Resources
African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Africville Story Map
Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)
Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide
Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia

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