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Leonard Parkinson, Maroon

The proceedings of the Governor and Assembly of Jamaica, in regard to the Maroon negroes: published by order of the Assembly. To which is prefixed, an introductory account ... (published 1796)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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Leonard Parkinson, Maroon

Maroons were a constant threat to slave societies and in Jamaica the first Maroon War started in 1728. A peace agreement was signed in 1739, which recognized their right to their land and their autonomy. The Second War started in 1795 and lasted five months. The Maroons were undefeated by 4,500 British soldiers and militiamen. Leonard Parkinson was one of their captains.