The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation

The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation


This is the Maroon way of peeling coconut in the jungle Let’s see it. Right now we are in the John Crow Hills deep in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, and things are about to get super interesting. We’re here at the Scotts Hall Maroon Town. The Maroons were originally escaped slaves who carved out autonomous regions within the hills of Jamaica. We’re meeting up with Colonel Pink who is the leader of this community. He’s going to share more about Maroon culture and what makes them unique in Jamaica. The Maroons are descended from West African slaves brought to Jamaica by the Spanish. They escaped slavery and fled to the mountains to live off the land with the Taino Indians. But their numbers surged in 1655. When the British invaded Jamaica, the Spanish abandoned their plantations, and more slaves escaped to join the Maroons in Jamaica’s isolated central mountains. When the British tried to take control, the Maroons fought two guerilla wars, eventually forcing the British to recognize their autonomy and establish their freedom in late 1700s, more than 50 years before the British abolished the slave trade, and over 200 years before Jamaica’s independence. My name is Marko, and I’m one of the Vagabrothers. I’m Alex, and I’m also one of the Vagabrothers. Nice to meet you guys. Just to explain some more about Maroon Town…. Is that a warning for the farmer up there saying it’s you guys; it’s ok? When we were coming up the valley, you guys were blowing that. That’s so cool. Yeah. It’s so cool. It’s just a really fascinating story. This culture has been here for hundreds of years. The first freed people here in Jamaica and they did it through perseverance and will power. Colonel Pink and the captain just explained to us that this village is now turning itself into a tourist destination with a bed and breakfast and cultural experiences open to visitors. We’re in the back of this flatbed truck going down this dirt road heading down to the river. It’s pretty awesome. The entire group is here with their drums with their horns, making a racket. This is wild right now, honestly. I had no idea we’d be doing this, but I’m so happy that we did. I have to say that as a traveler, it’s such a privilege to be able to see this, to be able to partake in this. You can see from these mountains here that this is really rugged terrain If you can’t tell, we are bouncing around. It’s this impassible terrain that first allowed the Maroons to escape here from British rule and that has since allowed them to preserve their culture. One of the squad has just climbed the fruit tree. He’s twenty feet in the air, and he’s just chucking ripe apples down. As you can see, very nice. It’s not easy to get in; it’s not easy to get out, but we’re finding that if you make it here, it’s very much worth the trip. We have taken the truck down to this village in the middle of this valley. It’s down by the river, and now we are heading into the jungle. We’re cruising with the Maroon, and we’re going in. We’re standing next to what’s literally called the Irie River. Jamaica is full of rivers; that’s where the name comes from. The Taino people were the original inhabitants in Jamaica. In Arawak, their language, this means the land of wood and water. Jamaica still is one of the biggest producers of potable water in the world. That’s why cruise ships stop here to restock, and they still export their water as far as Singapore and other countries. What’s that mean? Maroon picnic. He’s picking fruit. Yeah, he’s picking fruit. Mmmm. It’s kind of like a plum. One of the things that is fascinating it just seems like every couple of feet, we’re being stopped and told that this plant is used for that or this fruit is edible; you can make a spice or a marinade. I think that’s one of the coolest things about being here. We’re getting some serious knowledge on the usage of all the different plants. Want some? The Maroons only survived because they knew how to live off the land. I think it’s really interesting how the structure of the society has military names like Colonel, Captain. It’s almost like you can see how this was a culture that was formed during wartime and that cohesion of being a unit walking through these valleys, you can still see where it came from. it’s very cool. But it’s all peace and love now. All peace and love now. No more war. Right behind us is a water fall and back in the day, this was the only entrance into the Maroon’s village, which would have been way up there. We always use a river as our road. We just arrived at the river, and we had a really interesting surprise. Some more of the Maroon community just came up the river with some spear guns, fishing. It’s the way the Maroons have traditionally fished for food to eat, but it looks like the freshest way to catch a fish. Well, that was one of the coolest experiences we’ve had in a very, very long time. Big up for the Scotts Hall Maroon Community for welcoming us into their lands and sharing their cultures with us so that we can share it with you guys. Definitely, if you come to Jamaica, make sure you check out the Maroons. We’ll leave some contact information in the info box because the door’s open. Alright guys, if you enjoyed that video, you know what to do: thumbs-up, share it with your friends. Drop a comment and subscribe if you haven’t already. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace. This is insane.

100 Comments on "The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation"


  1. 10:02 Nyankopon is the name for god of the Akan/Ashanti people of Ghana. Afrikanisms at its finest! Shout out to all the survivors of the Afrikan diaspora!

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  2. BIG UP MY PEOPLE DEM , MAROONS ARAWAKS AND TAINOS. BUN OUT DEM YANKY BWOY STAR. BOUT DEM WARN KNOW WEH BUSH CAAN USE. KMT. TOO RASSS INNA PPL BUSINESS SHUDS CHAP UP DEM RASSS

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  3. I thought this was very informative. However "Vagabond" was very rude. Calling the music racket and saying other sly and offensive comments. Though I shouldn't be surprised. You are a white American afterall.

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  4. Marloom tribe in Jamaica is my tribe in Ghana so I know that they're my tribe people so I understand the last word they used so Respect! I love the Video!

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  5. I am a Ghanaian. And I have fallen in love with their culture. I feel this great connection with the Maroon people. One Love.

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  6. Yea Mon 🤗☝🏼 Thanks for sharing ☝🏼 blessings from a Caribbean neighbor Canóvanas Puerto Rico 🙏🏼🇵🇷🇺🇸

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  7. 10:03 the lady mentions the Name of God, she says, "Nyangkingpong", this is identical with the Akan word (West African language), "Onyankupon" with exactly the same meaning.

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  8. The UK owes the maroons in Jamaica Billions in Reparations. Our Jamaican Government is made up of some of the wickedest people on earth. They allowing the mining companies to deforest Jamaica and non of our Jamaican lawyers have the intelligence to start a class action suit against the Jamaican Government, England and the United States for interfering in Jamaica's economic domestic affairs and for the war they have waged against the Jamaicans in the U.S.. Plus the profiling and harassment we face while living here.

    Then too many Jamaicans are too backwards and dumb to think further than the next flaws of rum, or crotches and possessed with idiot the bad man songs and kill a niggauh music they listening to, to even come together and have a serious discussion about this.

    Yet wi rather kill each other over two pound a weed and live through the most disgrace and embarrassment and come on social media and further disgrace ourselves and those who know better have fi afraid fi talk because the idiot dem wi laugh wi to scorn and mock wi and jere wi or worst fight and kill wi. Mean while the real bad man dem a the Chinese, Arab and German dem a run Jamaica cause they making billions of Jamaicans a year and the murder rate sky high a Jamaica and the Chinii, Arab and German them a live good and a gwan like dem own yard and we dedde like pour ting as rich as we get wi still a suffer cause our Jamaican dollar nuh
    Whutt faught. And before we fight government and politics wi get up every day a sabotage each other, cutting each other throats and calling on the name of God. Sad! Very Sad!

    Wi head really Gone Fi true. The bauxite and aluminum dust gan to we brain!

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  9. i would like to ask these brothers why they are so interested in the Maroons who defeated the white people who looked on BLACKS as nothing I do not blame these 2 but do not give away too or all of your secrets in the end they will come back to bite you up the backside. Good knowledge for some blacks who do not try to know their background.

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  10. The Maroons were bounty hunters for runaway slaves..which was part of the 1739 Treaty between the Maroons and the British Government…

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  11. I guess they are demonstrating how they kept runaway slaves inline… they are showing the places the slaves would hide and where they had to climb to get them because the British soldiers weren't able to reach them…

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  12. The real forgotten are the Arawak Indians who were the first to inhabit the island. Xymaca (as they called it) is native indian land eventually conquered by the Spanish Jews.

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  13. Being isolated from the rest of jamaica, how is it that they have the same accent as the rest of the country?

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  14. I love my land❤️❤️❤️❤️ love my country, we really appreciate the land and nature around us, instilled in us when we start school and throughout life. Out of many One people 🇯🇲

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  15. The maroons sold other runaway slaves to the British. The only thing good about them was nanny and cudjoe. Nothing but a sellout legacy

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  16. Wow im from Jamaica i leave when i was one year old an i spring from maroon on my father side of family

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  17. I see much negativity in the comments, yet the people in this video seem very welcoming and generous allowing these guys make this video. It even alludes to now having a bed and breakfast in Scotts Hall. Are they fools for doing that or are you still fighting a two hundred year old
    war? Not for me to say either way. But they do need to be careful of "creep". But knowing that I'll never get there, I very much appreciate and respect the Maroon culture (as I do the Garifuna, native Hawaiians, and many others). Peace and respect.

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  18. Slavery and Colonization happened because of this same reason–welcoming and showing our treasures to Europeans! With the increasing WS atmosphere world wide, we are still allowing this kind of filming in our countries! Please JAs educate your people!

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  19. I know that Jamaica was a spanish colony … I never knew that they fought a war for Freedom before the Haitians did….. interesting

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  20. OMG 11:29 did I hear a word Nyankinpong, it makes me cry.
    Nyankopon is an akan or let me say Ashanti word meaning Almighty God.
    The Maroons are the direct descendants of the Asante ( Ashanti) people, who were taken away from modern day Ghana.
    Maximum respect and love from Asante land.

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  21. The indians of Jamaica are from Afrika too. All of the natives of earth are Afrikans.

    Peaceful people until you try to abuse them, then you curse yourself and descendants until you make a sufficient mends. GOD IS WATCHING.

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  22. …thanks for putting in cheesy EDM. Really??? Dude, indigenous sounds would have better honored this fantastic footage. You have film of the locals playing percussion, but you have EDM dubbed over. How absurd… Especially b/c contemporary music stems from the natural sounds, already present, during this vid. Very presumptuous. Be mindful. This documentary did not need your help or slick attempt to promote your music. I am of Jamacian ancestry. There's a time & place for your EDM ideas…but not in this documentary. Total fail. Next time honor the natural mystic breddah. Jamacia is people with music.

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  23. All i see is a whole lot of racism toward white people in these comments. As if all white people are the same, and all originate from the same exact place, ignorance and prejudice.

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  24. I SUPPORT THIS!!! i do this kind of work too…lets talk i am interested in indiginous people as well, considering i am but it is overlooked from albinism…

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  25. They will come an ruin the whole thing…..dont teach them nothing they stole from our culture an made millions keep them out!

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  26. Did he just called a resident of the Maroons town a "squatter"? How disrespectful. This is why you don't need those type of people coming up your road.

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  27. Lol. Then the other ignorant boy started to use the word "tribe" then caught himself quickly and used the word society in his sentence instead. But it was the slip of his subconscious tongue that told the truth of his inner mind. The word Tribe is generally used by those people to describe a primative people that they consider far beneath themselves.

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  28. Wonderful video. I have some Maroon blood in me. But many people don't realize that the Africans mixed with Tainos in Jamaica. I would love to know where you guys got that picture of those Tainos in Jamaica that you put in the video.

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  29. Nyankipon is an Asante word Nyankopong means God Almighty,I personally think they are Akans(Ghana).My half brothers and sisters great love.

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  30. I’m NOT sorry are you traveling showcasing your own culture? Let these people showcase their own culture always trying to profit off people’s culture
    Typical for some of you people to NARRATE OUR STORY they don’t come to really learn the culture they came to profit!!! #NOAPOLOGIES It’s sad boa if a grenz e aguh thek fe di ppl den Kiba Sertn tinz zena rass suh e fi go den nu Ned fi Gno squt

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  31. 2020 and l just came across this. BEAUTIFUL and thanks for the history lesson. Big up the maroons! ♥️🇯🇲

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  32. Colonizers. They pretend to come with good intentions but have so many bad intentions it’s a sin and a shame. Here we have a someone exploiting the black community for monetary gain with no intentions of truly giving back. #WakeUpBlackPeople2020

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  33. Nonsense information. If you want to learn the history of black people, listen to a black person who's learned there OWN history

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  34. My grandparents were maroon theres an entire part of my life I didn’t know existed and I was born and raised in Jamaica 🇯🇲

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  35. Take a note of what he said; we are the first people to force the English to sign a treaty with them. Do you know what that treaty was about? Well, to capture other escaped slaves and turn them back over to the British. The Maroons in other words, caused slavery in Jamaica to last for over a hundred years when slavery could have been abolished quite early in Jamaica. I love my country Jamaica, but the Maroons sold out for trinkets, utensils, and old rifles. I just hate to watch those dudes celebrating their shameful history like it was great.

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  36. The Maroons were NOT Slaves. They were free African people captured and sold into a system of slavery. They however escaped that system and that fate by virtue of their knowledge of the tropical jungle terrain…thus they became known as Maroons. Get it right or get out!

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