Mathieu Da Costa – First Recorded African To Arrive In Canada

Mathieu Da Costa – First Recorded African To Arrive In Canada

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Mathieu Da Costa – First Recorded African To Arrive In Canada

In recognition of Black History Month, I would like to draw your attention to a man named Mathieu Da Costa.  Canadian historians acknowledge Da Costa as being the first recorded African to have visited Canada.  There are not much-recorded documents about his life, but what I can tell you is that Mathieu was a sailor, hired as a translator by European explorers and merchants when traveling to the America’s.  Da Costa was part of a crew that arrived in Novia Scotia in 1604 that included the French explorer Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts.  Everything else I found on the internet about his life is conjecture and so I will not bother to mention. I encourage our readers to share any factual information you can relay in our comment section.

To commemorate the event, Canada Post has issued a Mathiew Da Costa Canadian postage stamp.

Mathieu Da Costa
Mathieu da Costa Postage Stamp
Staff Writer: David P Fenelus
Photo Credit: Canada Post

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Mathieu Da Costa

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  • Gaetan Grandmaison

    i did a research about my ancesters and i have mathiew de la costa’s blood and i am proud of it

    • David Fenelus

      Wow! Thanks for sharing that. Are you from Quebec?

  • Gaetan Grandmaison

    hi david i’m from ontario but my ancesters were from port royal nova scocia on my mom side and also on my dad side

    • David Fenelus

      What can you share about Mathieu Da Costa? I’ll include it in this article and update it. you can also contact me via email at davidpfenelus@gmail.com