Jean Besson, Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica . Kingston: Ian Randle, 2015. xxii + 367 pp. (Paper US $ 47.95)
While numerous anthropological and historical works have been written on the Maroons, there is a dearth of comparative
Francesca Deakin. Werner Zips has written several books and articles on the black experience in Africa and the Americas during and after the colonial era (see the bibliography in the work under review). Historians dealing with the Maroons will no doubt be aware of his seminal work entitled Black Rebels
The Matawai Maroon Johannes King (ca. 1830-1898) taught himself to read and write at an advanced age. He wanted to bridge the gap between the generations by publishing his "Book of Horrors" (
Skrekiboekoe) and the present book which has been given the title
Life at Marispaston. King wanted to explain the root of the problems between him and his elder brother, Chief Noah Andrai, representatives respectively of the church and the state at the village level. King wanted to justify his life in the eyes of the church, the EBG-Moravian Brethren, and his fellow Maroons. This book is an important contribution to the church history of Suriname, yet also offers insights into the history of the Maroon communities in Suriname. This book is one of the first original works in Sranantongo.
I once walked past a wooden house like many of those that can be seen from the roads of Western French Guiana , enclosed in vegetation. The Ndyuka friend I was with asserted: “This is a Ndyuka house.” It made me wonder: how could a Maroon newcomer identify these houses as being inhabited by