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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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Choosing a settlement site for the Maroons in Sierra Leone was no easy task. The Nova Scotian blacks, settled in Freetown since 1792, demanded legal and property rights and were perceived by the small British elite as a “troublesome” people. The elite worried that the Nova Scotian Loyalists would corrupt the Jamaican Maroons. They discussed whether a “Maroon colony” would provide a check on the rebellious Nova Scotian loyalists as well as advance the cause of abolitionism. As it happened, the Maroons landed in Sierra Leone just in time to suppress the rebellion of the Nova Scotian black Loyalists. They joined British regulars to execute and banish Nova Scotian rebels. They immediately won for themselves a prized place as loyal newcomers.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, Nova Scotian blacks, Black exiles, African resistance, Colonization

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