1st Edition

Negotiating Freedom in the Circum-Caribbean The Jamaican Maroons and Creek Nation Compared

By Helen M. McKee Copyright 2019
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction  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.  Epilogue


    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.