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Black History Month 2008

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The Black History Month Round Table, organizers of the 2008 edition of Black History Month, have announced this year’s theme : “Celebrating our Presence and Recognizing our Contributions, 1608 -2008, In Honour Of Mathieu Da Costa”

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MATHEW DA COSTA ( ? - 1607) came to Nova Scotia in the summer of 1606 as a member of the Poutrincourt-Champlain Expedition. From their settlement at Port Royal Champlain made explorations into what is now known as Quebec. Da Costa's great linguistic skills made him of invaluable importance to this expedition. He spoke several languages including French and Micmac and acted as an interpreter for Champlain. Da Costa was a well educated man and a charter member of Canada's oldest club "The Order of Good Cheer."

The painting featured here is the work of Montreal artist Richard Horne.

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