The Maroons of Jamaica
by Mary Allen
(Tamarac, Florida, USA)
A couple weeks ago I wrote and told you about my connection to the Maroons.
I asked several questions which I hoped you would be able to use to query any Maroons you knew, and feedback the answers.
No luck yet, i.e. I haven't seen a reply from you, so I'm still waiting.
Essentially, I wanted to know if all Maroons, regardless of where in Jamaica they are located, are related.
Meaning were the original Maroons members of one tribe from Africa, or were they anyone whose opposition to slavery made them rebel, etc.? WELLESLEY'S RESPONSE:
Thanks for your inquiry.
My apologies on the original email, I didn't (and still haven't seen it at all).
You can go ahead and email me directly again at firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure the 'e' is there).
Anyways, to answer this specific question, from my readings, it would be the latter - meaning those who were opposed to the system.
By definition, a maroon is a runaway slave; someone who decided not to put up nor support the injustices of the plantation system.
And so, while some might be related, I wouldn't think that all the original maroons would necessarily be from one tribe.
Please reference my article on the Jamaican maroons here
I hope this helps.
That was a very insightful question though, thanks for that Mary!