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Captivity and Marronage

Kenneth M. Bilby

in True-Born Maroons

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032788
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032788.003.0004
Captivity and Marronage

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This chapter examines the Jamaican Maroons' recollection of their captivity and marronage. It suggests that the Maroons never needed any help in recalling the ordeal of slavery because their very identity was predicated on a history of resistance to enslavement. Their struggles for liberation had actually helped them emerged as a people and their distinctive culture and ethnic label served as a constant reminder of the long and successful war their ancestors had waged against their British captors. This chapter illustrates its arguments with Maroon oral history narratives and the text of sacred songs related to their recollection of their captivity and marronage.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; captivity; marronage; slavery; identity; liberation; distinctive culture; ethnic label; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  16936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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