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Pacification with the Maroons

Pacification with the Maroons


Engraving on paper called, Pacification with the Maroon Negros, by Agostino Brunyas. The Maroons were runaway slaves who established independent communities. In Jamaica, the original Maroons had run away from their owners when the British took the island from the Spanish in 1655. They built their homes in the mountains, and resisted recapture by the British for over 100 years. Following ten years of fighting, from 1730 to 1739 (the first Maroon war), the British accepted the situation and made a treaty with the Maroon community, giving them land and recognising their freedom. As part of that treaty, the Maroons pledged to recapture runaway slaves.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

Creator: Agostino Brunyas

Date: 1801

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

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