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Nanny of the Maroons: Queen of Guerilla Warfare

Updated: May 8, 2023

Nanny of the Maroons is a name synonymous with bravery, determination, and resilience. For many years, she was considered a myth or a legend, but recent research has revealed that she was, in fact, a real historical figure. Nanny was a leader, a warrior, and a hero to her people, the Windward Maroons of Jamaica. In this blog post, we will explore the life and achievements of Nanny of the Maroons and how her legacy continues to inspire us today.

Sculpture of Nanny of the Maroon By Scheed Cole
Sculpture of Nanny of the Maroon

Nanny was born in the early 18th century in what is now Ghana. She was brought to Jamaica as a slave, but she managed to escape into the mountains with a group of other slaves. There, she established a community of escaped slaves known as the Windward Maroons. Nanny was a skilled strategist and a fierce warrior. She played a crucial role in leading her people to victory against the English army in the 18th century. Her leadership and war plans instilled a legacy of fear in the English army, which ultimately led to a peace treaty between the Windward Maroons and the English.

Nanny's achievements were remarkable for a female leader in a society that was dominated by men. She was a trailblazer who defied gender and racial stereotypes. Her military tactics and strategies in guerilla warfare were instrumental in securing the freedom of her people. She is considered a national hero and heroine in Jamaica March 31, 1982, and is celebrated globally as a symbol of resistance against slavery and oppression. Nanny's legacy continues to inspire people of all ages, races, and genders around the world.

It was this legacy of the story of Nanny of the Maroons that inspired Scheed Cole to make this sculpture of Nanny of the Maroons for the Jamaica 60th Float Parade and to place her in a prominent and powerful pose on the float holding the abeng a symbol of unity for the maroon peoples.

In conclusion, Nanny of the Maroons was a formidable warrior, leader, and hero. Her story is an inspiration to us all, and her legacy continues to live on today. We can learn a lot from her determination, resilience, and bravery, and we can use her example to inspire us to overcome the challenges we face in our lives. As we celebrate Nanny of the Maroons and her achievements, let us also honor the countless others who fought for their freedom and rights throughout history.

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