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Tango0104 Sep 2018 10:02 p.m. PST

"Of the millions of enslaved Africans in the Americas, only those in Hispaniola and Guiana mounted rebellions that brought freedom. Elsewhere, uprisings were brutally suppressed. These books chronicle two rare exceptions. Runaway Maroons in British Jamaica and Dominica gained dominion over substantial hinterlands on their islands. Both established viable communities in mountainous terrain adverse to British troops, were abetted by kindred plantation slaves and menaced the plantation system, aiding slavery's ultimate demise.

Jean Besson relates how Africans who fled Spanish servitude won autonomy after Britain captured Jamaica in 1655. As slave-worked lowland sugar plantations expanded, so did marronage in the mountainous interior, where newly arrived African slaves and locally born Creoles joined previous escapees. Maroons fighting colonial militias (1725-38) secured self-rule and land rights, but a second war (1795-96) saw many Maroons deported, their lands confiscated…."
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23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 7:46 a.m. PST

Very interesting read. Thank you!

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

I didn't find the names of the books being reviewed.

Tango0105 Sep 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my good friend!. (smile)


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