The Maroons of Jamaica, 1655-1796

A History of Resistance, Collaboration & Betrayal

Author: Mavis Christine Campbell

Publisher: Praeger


Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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A careful and thorough study of the Jamaican Maroons from the British conquest to the late 18th century. Choice This richly textured study of the struggles of the Maroons of Jamaica against the British colonial authorities, their subsequent collaboration with and betrayal by them, will be of great interest to historians of Africa. . . . Elegantly written . . . the author . . . makes her own contribution to current debates on resistance and collaboration. Michael Crowder, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Spirit of the Jamaican Maroons

Author: Alfred Wright

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Shes a princess. Hes a warrior. Theyre teenagers and deeply in love. Enjoying an intimate interlude, theyre captured and shipped to the West Indies to be enslaved. Kwame fights deranged, fellow captives, and Teala is the object of the captains lust. The drunk, egotistical captain bypasses a safe port during a storm, and the slave ship sinks off the coast of Jamaica. The teenagers reunite, escape to the mountains and meet Akoo. He adopts them and introduces them to the Maroons, a guerrilla-type, fighting organization of runaway slaves. Akoo is brutally killed by slave hunters, yet Kwame avenges his death . . . in full. A new, deadlier group of slave hunters is formed, with an objective to kill Kwame and the now very pregnant Teala. But Kwame again distinguishes himself in battle to the chagrin of the slave hunters and their sponsor, the ruling British authorities. So now, they want Kwame dead even more than before, offering a huge reward for Kwames demise. However, the Maroon Chief intercedes. He stages a fake funeral for the teenagers. This deflects attention away, and Teala suffers through labor pains, but escapes with Kwame on rafts and a mule-drawn wagon in a desperate attempt to secure their freedom. This book is dedicated to my daughter Deborah Wright-Watson.

Nanny's Asafo Warriors

The Jamaican Maroons' African Experience

Author: Werner Zips



Category: Ethnohistory

Page: 262

View: 616

The Maroon Story

The Authentic and Original History of the Maroons in the History of Jamaica, 1490-1880

Author: Bev Carey



Category: Jamaica

Page: 656

View: 223

This book tells the story of the escape from slavery of the indigenous Taino of Jamaica and the Carib of the Eastern Caribbean resulting in the establishment of free Maroon communities in the remote mountains of Jamaica.--Publisher's description.

The Maroons of Jamaica

African Slave Rebels in the Caribbean

Author: Daniel Lee Schafer



Category: Fugitive slaves

Page: 676

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Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits Jamaica

Author: Jean Besson



Category: History

Page: 390

View: 618

Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons, there has been little attempt to draw modern maroons into a comparative perspective with the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today. There is therefore a gap in the comparative exploration of creolization in maroon and non-maroon derivations of African-American slave cultures. Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons bridges that gap through a comparative ethnography of three post-slavery transnational communities - Accompong, Aberdeen and Maroon Town - that stand fast in the Jamaican Cockpit Country today. The Cockpit Country, so named after the cock-fighting pits introduced by the Spanish to the Americas, with steep mountains and deep valleys, straddles the interior of adjoining parishes in central Jamaica. During slavery these Cockpits served as a refuge for fighting maroons and the provision grounds of plantation slaves. In the twenty-first century Accompong endures as a corporate maroon society; Aberdeen is a village descended from emancipated slaves; and Maroon Town is a community claiming descent from planters, maroons and slaves. Consolidating over 30 years of research and fieldwork in these communities, Jean Besson provides a sweeping yet all-encompassing examination of comparative creolization and the complexities of ethnicity at the maroon/non-maroon interface.

The Mother of Us All

A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons

Author: Karla Gottlieb



Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 119

View: 443

An analysis of the history of Queen Nanny, the 18th century leader of the Jamaican Maroons whose struggle against the institution of slavery on the island has up until now been largely ignored.

Defining Jamaican Fiction

Marronage and the Discourse of Survival

Author: Barbara Lalla

Publisher: University Alabama Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Marronage - the process of flight by slaves from servitude to establish their own hegemonies in inhospitable or wild territories - had its beginnings in the early 1500s in Hispaniola, the first European settlement in the New World. As fictional personae the maroons continue to weave in and out of oral and literary tales as central and ancient characters of Jamaica's heritage. Attributes of the maroon character surface in other character types that crowd Jamaica's literary history - resentful strangers, travelers, and fugitives; desperate misfits and strays; recluses, rejects, wild men, and outcasts; and rebels in physical and psychological wildernesses. Defining Jamaican Fiction identifies the place of Jamaican fiction in the larger regional literature and focuses on its essential themes and strategies of discourse for conveying these themes.