Leonard Parkinson, a Captain of the Maroons NS 1796
The then British colony of Jamaica had a significant population of escaped American and West Indies slaves, called Maroons, who lived there in freedom. Some had lived in Jamaica for generations. After an unsuccessful revolt against the British colonial government in 1796, Britain made arrangements for 600 of them to emigrate to Nova Scotia where they were given assistance to establish themselves for the first few years. However, most were unhappy with their experience in Nova Scotia and the vast majority emigrated to Sierra Leone in 1800.
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B. Edwards, The Proceedings of the Governor and Assembly of Jamaica, in Regard to the Maroon Negroes… to which is prefixed an Introductory Account… of the Maroons… (London, 1796)
(F210 /Ed9) NSARM neg. N-6202