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Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone

Ruma Chopra


In spring 1796, after eight months of war in the mountainous terrain of Jamaica, most of the village of Trelawney Town—a community of about 550 runaway slaves and their descendants—surrendered. They had resisted black militia and British regulars but they were frightened by the savagery of the bloodhounds imported from Cuba to defeat them. They could not have imagined the outcome that followed. The Jamaican government, fearing that the Maroon War would trigger a second Haitian Revolution, deported the Maroon families to a remote location from whence they could never return home – Nova Scotia. ... More

Keywords: Maroons, Slavery and Abolition, Resistance and freedom, British Atlantic History, Nova Scotia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Black Diaspora, Military community, Global migrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300220469
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruma Chopra, author
San Jose State University