'Pacification with the Maroon Negroes'
This is an 1801 engraving by Agostino Brunyas. The Maroons were self liberated slaves in Jamaica who fought the British to retain their independence. At the end of the first Maroon War, 1730-39, the British accepted that they could not defeat the guerrilla army of the Maroons, and so they made peace with them. The treaty recognised their freedom and granted them land in return for their help in recapturing other runaway slaves.
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