The Story Of The Black Woman Who Liberated Fellow Slaves In The 17th Century

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The unrest that swept across Jamaica in the 17th century transformed the colonial plantations into fiery wastelands of ash and cinder. Like an unbreakable fever, the desire for freedom gripped the island’s slaves. On plantation after plantation, estate after estate, they defied their oppressors and set the dreaded cane fields ablaze…

In fact, slaves had been rebelling ever since Spanish colonists brought them to the island from West Africa in the 16th century. Those who successfully escaped their masters tended to retreat into the rugged Blue Mountains of the island’s interior. There they formed “Maroon” communities or merged with existing indigenous Arawak populations. Over the years, the rebel strongholds grew strong, especially after the British invaded in 1655.

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