Black History Spotlight: Maroons Successfully Rebelled Against Slavery

Black slaves often face posthumous criticism for not fighting back and rebelling against their slave owners.

Many see it as a sign of weakness or assimilation that Black slaves just accepted their lot in life. But what many critics have accepted as the truth is far from it. The truth has just been obscured or ignored in order to promote a romanticized version of history.

Like Joseph Cinque, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman, the Maroons rebelled against European colonial rule in Jamaica.

And like Sioux chief Red Cloud from America, Captain Cudjoe of the Maroons forced the British occupants of Jamaica to agree to a legal settlement largely on his terms and not on the terms of his White counterparts.

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