How did Maroon colonies show African American resistance to slavery?

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The word ”maroon” is derived from the Spanish “cimarrón,” wild. As early as the 17th century, maroon was used to refer to formerly enslaved African or African American persons who had escaped; many of them formed communities, often together with Native American peoples, and children born there were free persons of color. While maroon community is the more common term in what became English-speaking areas, in Spanish and Portuguese colonies, “palenque” or “quilombo” is more often used. Such communities formed in all territories where slave systems existed, but the largest one was Palmares in Brazil; lasting for almost 90 years, at its peak some 20,000 people lived there.

Such communities were important in anti-slavery resistance in numerous ways. First, their established was a threat to the idea of slavery, as it demonstrated that enslaved peoples would take considerable risks to remove themselves from that status. In addition, the continued existence and growth in...

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