The Maroons in Jamaica
by Carl Conorqui
The Maroons in JamaicaQuestion:
Who were they, and what did they do to became famous?
Feb-03-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
The Jamaican Maroons are runaway slaves who fought the British during the 18th century.
When the British invaded Jamaica in 1655 the Spanish colonists fled leaving a large number of Africans who they had enslaved.
Rather than be re-enslaved by the British, they escaped into the hilly, mountainous regions of the island, joining those who had previously escaped from the Spanish to live with the Taínos (Arawaks).
Their opposition, their isolation and independent lifestyle is essentially what made them stood out.
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