By December 1795, the Maroon war had not ended. Planters worried that the dry season would encourage slaves and Maroons to set fire to cane fields and burn down the island. In desperation, the Jamaicans turned to renting Cuban bloodhounds to hunt the Maroons. The bloodhounds terrified the Maroons and led to their surrender. But a few months later, the Jamaicans unexpectedly found themselves defending the use of canine warfare to a Parliament determined to ameliorate the severe treatment of slaves in the West Indies.
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