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New Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica — Caribbean Region of the Americas (Greater Antilles of the West Indies)
 

Nanny of the Maroons

Circa 1686 - Circa 1750

 
 
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Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 27, 2022
1. Nanny of the Maroons Marker
Inscription.  
Nanny or "Queen Mother" is believed by some historians to have been born in West Africa of Asante origin and escaped from slavery after being brought to Jamaica. She was the outstanding military leader of runaway enslaved Africans known as the Maroons who formed their own community in the rugged hilly terrains of eastern Jamaica.

The Maroons were opposed to slavery and were an army of freedom fighters. Nanny was known for successfully leading the Maroons in fierce guerilla battles against the British between 1720-1739. In 1739 a Peace Treaty with the British ended years of conflicts between them. The treaty resulted in the British legally granting the Maroons land in exchange for the Maroons not harboring new runaway slaves and to help in their recapture for bounties.

Nanny instilled the spirit of freedom in her people, passed down African legends, and encouraged the continuation of African customs, music and songs.

The exact date of her death is not known.

Nanny was conferred with the Order of National Hero In 1982 for her role as a freedom fighter against the Institution of slavery.
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A Rotary Club of Kingston 2018 Project
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Sculptor: Basil Watson, OD
 
Erected 2018.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansColonial EraWomen. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1686.
 
Location. 18° 0.142′ N, 76° 47.362′ W. Marker is in New Kingston, St Andrew Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Oxford Road and Knutsford Boulevard, on the left when traveling east on Oxford Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oxford Road 17, New Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Order of National Hero (here, next to this marker); Samuel Sharpe (a few steps from this marker); George William Gordon (a few steps from this marker); Marcus Mossiah Garvey (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Bogle (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Washington Manley (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir William Alexander Bustamante (within shouting distance of this marker); Rita Marley (approx. 2.2 kilometers away).
 
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Nanny of the Maroons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 27, 2022
2. Nanny of the Maroons Marker
 Nanny of the Maroons at Wikipedia. Nanny of the Maroons (c. 1686 – c. 1733), was an 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons. She led a community of formerly enslaved Africans called the Windward Maroons. In the early 18th century, under the leadership of Nanny, the Windward Maroons fought a guerrilla war over many years against British authorities in the Colony of Jamaica in what became known as the First Maroon War. (Submitted on June 29, 2022.) 
 
Nanny of the Maroons image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 27, 2022
3. Nanny of the Maroons
by Sculptor Basil Watson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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