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Proceedings of the XV International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology

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Maroons -- Jamaica -- History -- 18th century, Maroons -- Material culture -- Guyana, Slave insurrections -- Jamaica, Resistance to government -- Jamaica -- History, Archaeology and history -- Jamaica


A discussion of the phenomenon of "resistance" as an important element in the shaping of the History of the New World, and the geographical distribution of Maroon resistance groups in the Caribbean and adjoining areas, introduces this paper. It is contended that historical and ethnographic evidence fail to adequately present the true picture of Maroon culture, considered as a only most important element that brings others together in a coherent way. Using evidence from Jamaica, it is illustrated that filling in the existing gap in our knowledge about Maroons and marronage as well as identification of cultural continuities and discontinuities, is becoming more rewarding by resort to archaeological data.

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