The Maroons in Nova Scotia

by John N. Grant

foreword by Dr. Henry Bishop

This lively and well-documented account illuminates an important passage in African-Canadian history, combining historical records and modern research to present a portrait of the times, the people and the events that comprise the Maroons' saga in Nova Scotia.
Many Black Nova Scotians proudly claim ancestry from the Jamaican Maroons exiled to these shores in the last decade of the 18th century: this book recounts the fascinating story of their migrations.
Scholar and teacher John Grant chronicles the Maroons' struggle to maintain their proud and independent culture in the harsh conditions of Nova Scotia, and traces their contributions to the development of colonial society. He describes attempts to establish Maroon communities, attempts thwarted by racial and cultural tensions, hostility and indifference. He brings together the elements that show how many Maroons finally arranged for passage to Sierra Leone, leaving Nova Scotia's hard shores behind them.
This lively and well-documented text illuminates an important passage in African-Canadian history, combining historical records and modern research to present a substantial portrait of the times, the people and the events that comprise the Maroons' saga in Nova Scotia.

About the Author

John N. Grant

JOHN N. GRANT is a widely respected teacher and member of the Department of Education at St Francis Xavier University. His many publications include the studies of African-Canadian history and culture, Black Nova Scotians, and The Immigration and Settlement of the Black Refugees of the War of 1812 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. John lives in Enfield, Nova Scotia.

Reviews

"John N. Grant's The Maroons in Nova Scotia is a highly readable and entertaining account of the journey of the Maroons of Jamaica to Nova Scotia.
"The book fleshes out our understanding of a brief episode of Nova Scotia's long history of black settlement that usually receives cursory treatment in more general works."
Mary Guildford, The Chronicle Herald

Awards

Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction)
2003

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