Negotiating Freedom in the Circum-Caribbean: The Jamaican Maroons and Creek Nation Compared, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Negotiating Freedom in the Circum-Caribbean

The Jamaican Maroons and Creek Nation Compared, 1st Edition

By Helen M. McKee


224 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together Jamaican Maroons and indigenous communities into one framework – for the first time – McKee compares and contrasts how these non-white, semi-autonomous communities were ultimately reduced by Anglophone colonists. In particular, questions are asked about Maroon and Creek interaction with Anglophone communities, slave-catching, slave ownership, land conflict and dispute resolution to conclude that, while important divergences occurred, commonalities can be drawn between Maroon history and Native American history and that, therefore, we should do more to draw Maroon communities into debates of indigenous issues.

Table of Contents


1. The Relationship Develops: Maroons and Creeks in the Early Post-Treaty Years

2. The Relationship Deteriorates: On the Road to War

3. Runaways and Rebellions: Maroons and Creeks as Hunters and Harbourers

4. African Americans in Maroon and Creek Country

5. Desirable Lands?: Land Disputes on the Maroon and Creek Borders

6. Contact Across the Borders: Maroon and Creek Interaction with White Settlers


About the Author

Helen M. McKee completed her PhD at Newcastle University. She is the author of "From Violence to Alliance: Maroons and White Settlers in Jamaica, 1739-1795," published in Slavery & Abolition.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of the Americas

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Native American
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)