The Jamaican Maroons Escaped slaves who fought the British rulers in Jamaica. Jamaica is one of largest Caribbean Islands. When Christopher Columbus arrived at the island in 1494, he claimed the land for Spain. In 1655 , the British captured Jamaica from the Spanish.
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The Jamaican MaroonsEscaped slaves who fought the British rulers in Jamaica
The word “Maroon” comes from the word “cimarrone” which means runaway slave or savage in Spanish.
The British also brought a lot of slaves to Jamaica via the Atlantic Slave Trade
It became the most important slaving colony of the British Caribbean and was known as "the jewels in the English crown.“
Within 100 years, virtually the whole island had been divided up into large plantations. (Mostly sugar plantations)
able to keep the British out of the Blue Mountains by using guerilla warfare.
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The British thought about sending them to Upper Canada, but eventually decided on Nova Scotia.
Lieutenant Governor Sir John Wentworth attempted to change the Maroons’ culture by introducing them to Christianity.
However, the Maroons were not interested in changing their traditions and customs regarding marriage, funerals and religious beliefs.