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Affiches Americaines, Saint-Domingue
May 11, 1791 newspaper article mentioning four maroons
A Maroon (from the Spanish word cimarrón - Kreyol: mawon) refers to a runaway slave.

Escaped slaves

Many maroons took up fighting the colonial powers, such as François Mackandal, Jean-François, Boukman and Romaine-la-Prophetesse. The maroon Padrejean led one of the earliest recorded slave revolts in 1679. Marroons often settled in remote mountain regions, often living together with the remaining natives, the Taíno.

While the maroons in Saint-Domingue lived mainly of subsistence agriculture, they also carried out raids on the slave-holding colonial plantations and mounted defenses against the French colonial authorities to defend their freedom.

Monument in Port-au-Prince

A well known Port-au-Prince statue the Nèg Mawon, by architect and sculptor Albert Mangones was erected in honor of these women and men. This Statue stands adjacent to the Palais National in the Haitian capital.

See also

  • Category:Maroons - Maroons in the Who's Who section of the Louverture Project.
  • Jean Kina - A maroon who fought on the side of the British forces in Saint-Domingue.


  • Mawon. (2005, October 1). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:23, December 8, 2005 [1].

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