Maroon communities in the circum-Caribbean

  • Silvia W. de Groot
  • Catherine A. Christen
  • Franklin W. Knight


Maroon societies consisted of runaway slaves and their offspring who sequestered themselves in the circum-Caribbean wilderness.1 The existence of Maroons manifested the opposition of some African slaves to their enslavement and a persistent desire to create a free society of their own. In the Western hemisphere, Maroon societies emerged virtually whenever and wherever a slave population existed. None the less, at any given time, Maroons comprised no more than a tiny fraction of the local Afro Caribbean community. The survival of Maroon societies depended on a combination of circumstances, not only the local geography, but also the local social, political and military resources of the Maroons and neighbouring slaveholders.


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  • Silvia W. de Groot
  • Catherine A. Christen
  • Franklin W. Knight

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