How did the Jamaican maroons achieved independence

by Shanna
(Jamaica)

QUESTION:

How did the maroons achieved independence?

ANSWER: May-26-2009 by Wellesley Gayle




Hi Shanna,

From my recollection, their 'independence' came from escaping into the hilly, mountainous regions of the island.

When the British captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, many that were left on the plantations joined those who had previously escaped from the Spanish to live with the Taínos, rather than be re-enslaved by the British.

They survived by subsistence farming and by raiding plantations.

Over time, the Maroons came to control large areas of the Jamaican interior. Those raids led to the Maroon Wars.

Please see my article on the Jamaican Maroons for more info.

I hope it helps.
Stay in touch Tegan.


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