Mathieu Da Costa

Mathieu Da Costa:  It is thought that he came to Canada at some time before 1603, and died 1698.

Mathieu Da Costa was the first namable person of African descent to come to Canada. He was one of the most fascinating (and elusive) figures in early Canadian history.
Mathieu Da Costa was a navigator and interpreter of African descent who likely travelled extensively throughout the Atlantic world in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Mathieu Da Costa is the start of Black Canadian culture and heritage.