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Ruma Chopra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220469

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220469.001.0001

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Ruma Chopra

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Sir John Wentworth, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, welcomed the Maroons for his own ends. He compared them to the Mi’kmaq (First Nations people) and became personally involved in their welfare and their Christian education. He wanted to end their polygamous practices, their consumption of rum, and their enjoyment in cockfighting. He hoped to make them industrious laborers, to substitute them for the black Loyalists who had left for Sierra Leone in 1792. Fearing a potential French invasion, he also saw potential in using them – like the Native Americans - as military backup.

Keywords:   Christianity, John Wentworth, Mi’kmaq, Native Americans (First Nations), Black Loyalists, Nova Scotia

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