Maroons in New Nanny Town, Jamaica: The word maroon means escaped slave and comes from a Spanish word meaning mountaineers. The slaves escaped from their plantations to the mountains and formed independent communities of free people.
Samuel Sharpe was the main instigator of the 1831 Slave Rebellion, which began on the Kensington Estate in St. James and which was largely instrumental in bringing about the abolition of slavery. Because of his intelligence and leadership qualities, Sam Sharpe became a "daddy", or leader of the native Baptists in Montego Bay. Religious meetings were the only permissible forms of organised activities for the slaves...
Jamaican Maroons. Maroons in New Nanny Town, Jamaica: The word Maroon describes people who escaped slavery by seeking refuge in the mountains; it comes from the Spanish word cimarrón meaning people who live on mountain tops. The Maroons successfully escaped their plantations and formed independent militas/communities of free people. In some instances, the Maroon were so feared that some colonizers were forced to sue for peace.
Jamaican History. The Maroons were a group of runaway slaves that lived in the most rugged regions of the island. They orchestrated a revolt that eventually became the first Maroon War (1690-1739). Things remained calm until the second rebellion broke out around 1760. Sam Sharpe a Baptist minister was hanged in Montego Bay for his role in the revolt.
The maroons fought to keep their freedom against English slave traders. The Maroons in Jamaica are to a small extent autonomous and separate from Jamaican culture. The isolation used to their advantage. Their communities being amongst the most inaccessible on the island. The Maroon heritage of Moore Town was relisted on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. Read Guilty of Love to learn more about AA genealogy weaved in a Christian love story.