Flight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas (Caribbean History)

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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 flight and theestablishment of Maroon communities in the face of overwhelmingmilitary odds on the part of the slaveholders. Incontestably, Marooncommunities constituted the first independent polities from Europeancolonial rule in the hemisphere, even if the colonial states did notaccord them legal recognition.

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Alvin O. Thompson is Professor of History, Department of History and Philosophy, University of the West Indies, Barbados.

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"Along with a wealth of detail, the author offers an illuminating interpretation that avoids extremes of judgment and provides a fresh perspective on an important topic. This book will be a 'must-read' for all who teach the history of slavery in the Americas and the study of the African diaspora."

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