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Flight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas
African slavery in the Americas has left indelible marks on thegeographical, political, economic, social and cultural landscapes of theAmericas. An important part of that indelibility is marronage thatinvolved both flight from slavery and the establishment of freecommunities. This book is about the struggles of enslaved Africans inthe Americas who achieved freedom through ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by University of the West Indies Press
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Thompson writes a history of those African slaves that preferred to run into the unknown wilds of the American continent than to remain in bondage. These self-freed slaves sought not only their own freedom but oftentimes set up competing polities that defied and frightened the authoritarian state of the burgeoning plantocracy. Thompson focuses not only on the means that these men and women used to gain and defend their personal freedom but also on the organization of their communities, their eco ...more
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