The definition of a Maroon definition is a fugitive black slave of the West Indies and Guiana in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Maroons In Jamaica today are the descendants of slaves who freed themselves and established independent communities in Jamaica's interior with Taino Indians in the Mountains of Jamaica where ther British could not follow.

In 1655 while the British were trying to oust the Spanish from Jamaica, many slaves escaped from their Spanish owners, or were set free by the Spanish in order to help fight against the British. These were the earliest Maroons, who were mostly African born, or of mixed African and Taino blood.

They fled to the mountains, and were joined by other escapees over time. The Maroons spent years fighting to retain their freedom, forcing the British to acknowledge them as a formidable enemy. In 1738, the commander Kojo (Cudjoe) of the Accompong Maroons, signed a Peace Treaty with the British, in which the Maroons were given land and the right to their freedom.

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