Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dominica's Neg Mawon: Maroonage, Diaspora, and Trans-Atlantic Networks, 1763-1814
by Vaz, Neil C., Ph.D., Howard University, 2016, 234; 10244889
Abstract (Summary)

Maroon communities are often portrayed as renegade groups of Africans living within or on the fringes of some of the more popular slave societies such as Jamaica, Saint-Domingue (Haiti), Suriname, or Brazil, whose purpose or goals in their existence was never to strive towards universal emancipation of the African lot, and whose resistance and radicalism, if occurring during the Age of Revolution (i.e. Haiti), is often attributed to European influences during that era. This socio-cultural and political history about a lesser known group of maroons in Dominica challenges the preconceived notions of African maroonage and resistance, and is original in four ways: One, this dissertation demonstrates that the maroons of Dominica who lived in the interior of the island worked with the enslaved population on plantations on several occasions to overthrow the British colonial government in an attempt to assist their African brethren in freedom; Secondly, this work highlights the African origins of the spiritual and political philosophies, particularly the lesser credited Igbo, who comprised of a significant portion of Africans in Dominica, are what guided their anti-slavery and anti-colonial resistance; Thirdly, the maroons and enslaved populations, who demonstrated alliances with one another in Dominica during the 1790s and early nineteenth century were not influenced by French Revolutionary ideals, but were pursued for an alliance, and the former, in particular, often rejected alliances with French Revolutionary sympathizers; Lastly, this dissertation takes the maroons of Dominica outside the confines of a national history and connects it to the greater African Diaspora.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swan, Quito
Commitee: Akassi, Clement, Chambers, Glenn, Jr., Clark-Lewis, Elizabeth, Mabeko-Tali, Jean-Michel, Swan, Quito
School: Howard University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black history, African history, Caribbean Studies
Keywords: African diaspora, Dominica, Igbo, Maroon, Resistance, Slavery
Publication Number: 10244889
ISBN: 978-1-369-71366-4
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