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  • Spanish Rule
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  • The Maroons
  • Independence Day
  • A Time for Change
  • Government and Politics
  • Natural Resources
  • Poverty and Crime
  • Jamaica All Over the World
  • Out of Many, One People

The Maroons

Once the British ousted the Spanish, the former slaves of the Spanish colonists retreated into Jamaica’s mountains. There they lived with the maroons, former slaves who had previously fled from the Spanish to join the Tainos. The maroons battled the British throughout the 18th century and maintained their freedom in the mountains for centuries during slavery.

(Photo: Earl leaf/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

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