NANNY*WARRIOR QUEEN OF THE JAMAICAN MAROONS

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Jamaica's National Hero



    Rt. Excellent Nanny of the Maroons



    Nanny of the Maroons stands out in history as the only female among Jamaica’s

    national heroes. She possessed that fierce fighting spirit generally associated with the

    courage of men.

    In fact, Nanny is described as a fearless Asante warrior who used militarist techniques

    to fool and beguile the English.

    Nanny was a leader of the Maroons at the beginning of the 18th. Century. She was

    known by both the Maroons and the British settlers as an outstanding military leader

    who became, in her lifetime and after, a symbol of unity and strength for her people

    during times of crisis.

    She was particularly important to them in the fierce fight with the British during the

    First Maroon War from 1720 to 1739. Although she has been immortalized in songs

    and legends, certain facts about Nanny (or "Granny Nanny", as she was affectionately

    known) have also been documented.

    Both legends and documents refer to her as having exceptional leadership qualities.

    She was a small wiry woman with piercing eyes. Her influence over the Maroons was

    so strong that it seemed to be supernatural and was said to be connected to her powers

    of obeah. She was particularly skilled in organising the guerrilla warfare carried out by

    the Eastern Maroons to keep away the British troops who attempted to penetrate the

    mountains to overpower them.

    Her cleverness in planning guerrilla warfare confused the British and their accounts of

    the fights reflect the surprise and fears which the Maroon traps caused among them.

    Beside inspiring her people to ward off troops, Nanny was also a type of chieftainess

    or wise woman of the village, who passed down legends and encouraged the

    continuation of customs, music and songs that had come with the people from Africa,

    and that instilled in them confidence and pride.

    Her spirit of freedom was so great that in 1739, when Quao signed the second Treaty

    (The first was signed by Cudjoe for the Leeward Maroons a few months earlier) with

    the British, it is reported that Nanny was very angry and in disagreement with the

    principle of peace with the British which she knew meant another form of subjugation.

    There are many legends about Nanny among the Maroons. Some even claim that

    there were several women who were leaders of the Maroons during this period of

    history. But all the legends and documents refer to Nanny of the First Maroon War as

    the most outstanding of them all, leading her people with courage and inspiring them to

    struggle to maintain that spirit of freedom, that life of independence, which was their

    rightful inheritance.

    Like the heroes of the pre Independence era, Nanny too met her untimely death at the

    instigation of the English sometime around 1734.

    Yet, the spirit of Nanny of the Maroons remains today as a symbol of that indomitable

    desire that will never yield to captivity.


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    PEACE!
    Isaiah
     
  2. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ahhhh Nanny, yet another one you'll never hear about during black history month. Put this one up with the Haitian Revolution.
     
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    Ase'!
     
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