Kingston, Jamaica

Mapping Urbanization and Social Change

Maroons

In 1655, Englishmen William Penn and General Robert Venables took the last Spanish fort in Jamaica, forced them off the island, and claimed it as the property of England. The Spanish’s runaway African slaves escaped into to the mountains and became known as the Maroons, the first African slaves to live in freedom from the colonial rule in Jamaica. Figure 1 shows the areas on the island that the Maroons retreated to. As you can see in the Blue Mountains there were a few towns established not too far from Kingston.

Figure 1: Maroon Settlements from The History of Jamaica.

Map Credit: 

Black, C. V. B. (1958). History of Jamaica. London: Collins Clear-Type Press.

Bibliography: 

Black, C. V. B. (1958). History of Jamaica. London: Collins Clear-Type Press.

 

Clarke, C. G. (2006). Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692- 2002. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle.

 

Clarke, C. G., & Hodgkiss, A. G. (1974). Jamaica in maps. London: University of London Press.

 

Figueredo, D. H., & Argote-Freyre, F. (2008). A brief history of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File.

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