When the British captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, the Spanish ran away from the island after freeing their slaves and turning their cattle loose.
We got you now Maroons!
Oh No! The British Has Captured Us!
Let's run away before the British catches us
For the next 76 years the Maroons and the British fought with each other. The Maroons knew the forest well and used leaves to disguise themselves.
Where are the Maroons?
After several conflicts, the Jamaican Government got upper hand in 1796. In order to teach them a lesson, 543 Maroons were put in ships and sent away from Jamaica. The British thought about sending them to upper Canada or lower Canada, but eventually decided Nova Scotia.
I'm getting really mad that the Maroons and the British are fighting we need to do something, wait let's ship the Maroons to Nova Scotia!
No, please we don't want to go to Nova Scotia!
The nest two winters were very hard in Nova Scotia, and the Maroons did not like being told how they should support themselves.
You should cut down the trees! They will help you survive during the winter.
Eventually the British decided that the Jamaicans would not turn into Nova Scotian farmers like they had hope.
We don't want to be Nova Scotian farmers nor we don't want to be told what to do!
Just over four years after they had come to Nova Scotia, the maroons arrived in Sierra Leone in Africa.