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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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(p.101) 5 Winter
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Ruma Chopra

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The Maroons evaded blaming Jamaica or Nova Scotia for their perilous situation. Strategically, they focused on the inappropriateness of the severe climate in Nova Scotia: they, as black people, could not live, they wrote, where there are no yams, pineapples or cayenne pepper. The Maroons found a sympathetic audience in abolition advocates who worried that blacks were constitutionally unfit to survive the winters of Canada. A people born in the tropics, they believed, could survive best in another tropical region. Reports on black Americans who had migrated and perished in Sierra Leone in 1787 and 1792 were ignored.

Keywords:   Climate, Abolitionism, Winter, Military refugees, Nova Scotia (Halifax)

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