The Jamaican Maroons

The Jamaican Maroons

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  • 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.
  • This is much better than Nova Scotia!
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