How did Maroon colonies show African American resistance to slavery?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Maroon colonies were runaway communities formed by African American slaves as an expression of rebellion. The runaway communities were established in harsh terrains that provided natural refuge for the communities, such as swamps and mountainous areas. The established colonies helped them increase their numbers, evade capture and mount uprisings. The slave groups employed guerrilla tactics to mount their uprising and rebellions. They would venture in white neighborhoods and attack armories to steal the weapons, which they would use against the former slave masters, and later make away into the remote areas where they had established their homes.

The Maroon colonies were a display of resistance to slavery because they showed determination on the part of the slaves, who were ready to put their lives in danger, both from their slave masters and from nature’s harsh terrains in order to gain their freedom.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.