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True-Born Maroons
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True-Born Maroons

Kenneth Bilby and Kevin A. Yelvington


Constructed from the oral histories of one of the most secretive groups in the Caribbean, this book describes a culture that has been nurtured by enslaved Africans and their descendants to survive against tremendous odds for nearly 350 years. The descendants of African slaves who escaped from the Spanish and British plantations in Jamaica during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the Maroons battled for and maintained their autonomy during 70 years of guerrilla warfare with the British army that ended in a truce in 1739. The British colonial government in Jamaica violated the truc ... More

Keywords: enslaved Africans, Jamaica, Maroons, British army, truce, 1739, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032788
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Bilby, author
Smithsonian Institution

Kevin A. Yelvington, author