Flight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas

TitleFlight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsThompson, Alvin O.
Number of Pages392
PublisherUniversity of the West Indies Press
CityKingston, Jamaica

This book is about the struggles of enslaved Africans in the Americas who achieved freedom through flight and the establishment of Maroon communities in the face of overwhelming military odds on the part of the slaveholders. They had their own independent political, economic and social structures, and occupied definitive land spaces that they often contested with the colonial state and won. This study demonstrates how they utilized the natural landscape and modified it to guard their freedom, and also indicates the dangers that complacency, authoritarianism and militarism posed to that freedom.

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