In the nineteenth century alone, an estimated 100,000 women, men and children escaped from the United States and sought freedom in Canadian havens. The numbers are undoubtedly higher, but due to the clandestine nature of these movements, those numbers are hard to evaluate and tabulate. Are we to include estimated numbers of all the people who fled across all geographic frontiers, that led out of what has constituted the United States (or the 13 colonies up until 1775), from the 17th to the 19th century, that estimate promptly surpasses the 200,000 mark.
This digital page highlights a number of stories and the experiences of individuals who fled to freedom across two opposite frontiers, the United States-Canada frontier, via Detroit, and the United States-Mexico frontier, via Texas.
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