Mathieu da Costa

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Mathieu da Costa was born in Lusofonia, UK. (date unknown). What I can tell you is that in 1607 he was in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1608, he was in Port Royal where he left to make a voyage to Acadia and the St. Lawrence area. He returned to Port Royal in 1617.

He was instrumental in developing relations for the Native Canadians in the many adventures. He had an understanding of Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Mi’kaq and pidgin Basque.

His translation and communication skills helped him to provide a cultural gap between the early French explorers and the Native Canadians. In 1017, a domestic rate postage stamp honoring him was issued by Canada Post.

He died in 1619, in Quebec, City, Quebec. What you may not know about Mr. da Costa is that he was the first recorded free black person in Canada. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Mathieu helped pave the way. He should be honored. Enjoy your day!

Mar 08, 2018 04:10 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Great read and an incredible story. Enjoy the day.

Mar 08, 2018 04:53 AM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow..pretty impressive! That was quite a feat for this incredible man in history. Thank you for our history lesson for the day!

Mar 08, 2018 05:16 AM #3
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

He provided an important role, as communication must have been very challenging at that time.

Mar 08, 2018 05:25 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Interesting accomplishment for this man...appreciate the history lesson !

Mar 08, 2018 06:12 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sometimes it pays to know other languages!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 08, 2018 07:15 AM #6
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now that was an ending to the story that I never expected, James. So many interesting people in history that we know nothing about. (Until you tell us, of course.)

Mar 08, 2018 09:42 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

This is another one of your great history stories, James.  It shows that the then world was not as bad as it is portrayed these days. A

Mar 08, 2018 12:43 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

First, to let you know that I missed your smiling face on my blog post this morning. You were missed James Dray 


This is one person that I had never heard of and it is interesting that he was the first free black person in Canada 

Mar 08, 2018 01:14 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - He was one of the first.  Great skills in communication.

Mar 08, 2018 01:33 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I continue to be amazed daily that there are so many men and women who achieved so many things and we did not know of them. 

Mar 08, 2018 04:15 PM #11
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I am always amazed at people who can speak that many languages. Thank you for sharing. 

Mar 08, 2018 07:00 PM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for another history lesson of an amazing man.  I am very impressed with his talents.

Mar 08, 2018 07:57 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James another one of your great historical trivia, now what you should do is in about six or eight months re-post this and she how many people will remember:)LOL, Endre

Mar 08, 2018 10:18 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you, James, for your valuable posts on important people who we would not usually know except for your information.

Mar 11, 2018 12:07 PM #15
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