The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada. One of the main reasons Florida was purchased by the United States was to end its function as a safe haven for escaped slaves. It ran north and grew steadily until the Civil War began. British North America present-day Canada was a desirable destination, as its long border gave many points of access, it was further from slave catchersand beyond the reach of the United States' Fugitive Slave Acts. More than 30, people were said to have escaped there via the network during its year peak period,  although U.
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