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How did Maroon colonies show African American resistance to slavery?

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ljm3515 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM via web

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How did Maroon colonies show African American resistance to slavery?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM (Answer #1)

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Maroon colonies showed African-American resistance to slavery because they showed how slaves wanted to (and in these cases were able to) escape from slavery.  Escaping and forming maroon colonies was a way of resisting slaveowners by depriving them of their property.

Maroon colonies were much more common in Jamaica than in the US, but they did exist in a few places in the South.  Their existence showed that slaves did not want to remain in slavery and would run away when they were able to.  By running away and forming maroon colonies, slaves showed their resistance to the idea that they were property that belonged to the slaveowners.

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