The Chosen People

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:
The Chosen People

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This chapter examines the notion that the Jamaican Maroons are special people. It suggests that for generations no other Jamaicans shared the glorious history of the Maroons in standing alone to seize their freedom from the British colonizers nearly a century before slavery was abolished in Jamaica. According to the Maroons today, the special knowledge, skills, and spiritual powers that brought the early fighters victory were bequeathed only to their descendants, and remain their exclusive property. This chapter looks at excerpts from Maroon oral history narratives and sacred songs related to their fight for freedom against the British.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; history; freedom; slavery; British colonizers; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  5499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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