Thursday, March 1, 2007

Introducing Nanny of the Maroons

I join the chorus of thanks and recognition to Diane Amann.
Nanny of the Windward Maroons is the sole woman among the seven national heroes of Jamaica. She is the legendary leader of the Windward group of Jamaican maroons (said to be a mixture of indigenous Taino, descendants of slaves released by the Spanish to harass the British conqueror of the island and Africans fleeing slavery on the sugar plantations). The Maroons fought the British to a standstill in 1730s, leading to treaties pursuant to which the British agreed to recognize and uphold their status as free people.
Oral history and legends claim that Nanny was immune from bullets, and able to deflect and return them with a certain part of her anatomy. Nanny's legend continues with her installation as a Jamaican national hero, although it is unclear whether there was one, or many "Nannies" (two contemporary Maroon communities claim to be the site of her resting place). What is clear, however, is that in the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, she led her group of people in battle against British soldiers in fierce attempt to carve out a life for themselves away from the plantations on this island far away from their African homes. To learn more about Nanny, consult Mavis C. Campbell, The Maroons of Jamaica, 1655-1796 and Karla Gottlieb, The Mother of Us All: A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons.


Jaya Ramji-Nogales said...

Welcome to you, Nanny of the Maroons -- we're glad to have your voice joining the chorus.

Diane Marie Amann said...

Greetings to an island heroine -- from another!

Naomi Norberg said...

Welcome indeed, Nanny!

cece said...

My name is Chancelyn Walker
I am trying to find out if I am a descendant of Nanny of the Maroon. My father side of my family is of Maroon descendant and his name is Samuel Emmanuel Walker. My grandfathers name is Richard Agustus Walker and my paternal Grandmothers name I believe is Hyacinth Walker. My dad is From St. Thomas, Jamaica and said he have family in Portland, St.James, St. Adnrew, St. Mary and St.Catherine.
If anyone has any information please email me at