The British and the Maroons
It was the Spanish explorers frequent trips into the hills for Gold and their hunting habits contributed to their slaves becoming skilled hunters and backwoodsmen. The slaves were used more for hunting wild cattle and hogs than farming and so became masters of woodcraft. They learned the trails through the woods and mountains, an invaluable skill to them later on as guerrilla fighters. "It was these black slaves of the Spaniards who took to the hills at the time of the British conquest that were to form the the first Maroon society in Jamaica under the British.
In Jamaica you cannot complete Jamaican History in school without knowing about the Maroons One of the most popular Maroons was Sam Sharpe, who also is one of our National Heroes.
Maroons were "thorns and pricks" in the side of the British, they plunder and burn plantations, captured slaves and killed British soldiers who ventured out too far into the woods.
Where are the Maroons today?
They can be found in the Accompong Village. The future of the residents lies in question. With each changing government the question of employment and existences is threatened. The Governmentof Jamaica, along with the Tourist Product Development Company is currently trying to remedy this situation. Every effort is being made to not only preseve the history, music, craft and folklore but to build up the Cockpit Country. Currently approximately 500 Maroons live in Accompong. However, they can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and Africa.
Children of Accompong
The Accompong Maroons 2007
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