The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation

The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation

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This is the Maroon way of peeling coconut in the jungle Let’s see it. Right now we are in the John Crow Hills deep in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, and things are about to get super interesting. We’re here at the Scotts Hall Maroon Town. The Maroons were originally escaped slaves who carved out autonomous regions within the hills of Jamaica. We’re meeting up with Colonel Pink who is the leader of this community. He’s going to share more about Maroon culture and what makes them unique in Jamaica. The Maroons are descended from West African slaves brought to Jamaica by the Spanish. They escaped slavery and fled to the mountains to live off the land with the Taino Indians. But their numbers surged in 1655. When the British invaded Jamaica, the Spanish abandoned their plantations, and more slaves escaped to join the Maroons in Jamaica’s isolated central mountains. When the British tried to take control, the Maroons fought two guerilla wars, eventually forcing the British to recognize their autonomy and establish their freedom in late 1700s, more than 50 years before the British abolished the slave trade, and over 200 years before Jamaica’s independence. My name is Marko, and I’m one of the Vagabrothers. I’m Alex, and I’m also one of the Vagabrothers. Nice to meet you guys. Just to explain some more about Maroon Town…. Is that a warning for the farmer up there saying it’s you guys; it’s ok? When we were coming up the valley, you guys were blowing that. That’s so cool. Yeah. It’s so cool. It’s just a really fascinating story. This culture has been here for hundreds of years. The first freed people here in Jamaica and they did it through perseverance and will power. Colonel Pink and the captain just explained to us that this village is now turning itself into a tourist destination with a bed and breakfast and cultural experiences open to visitors. We’re in the back of this flatbed truck going down this dirt road heading down to the river. It’s pretty awesome. The entire group is here with their drums with their horns, making a racket. This is wild right now, honestly. I had no idea we’d be doing this, but I’m so happy that we did. I have to say that as a traveler, it’s such a privilege to be able to see this, to be able to partake in this. You can see from these mountains here that this is really rugged terrain If you can’t tell, we are bouncing around. It’s this impassible terrain that first allowed the Maroons to escape here from British rule and that has since allowed them to preserve their culture. One of the squad has just climbed the fruit tree. He’s twenty feet in the air, and he’s just chucking ripe apples down. As you can see, very nice. It’s not easy to get in; it’s not easy to get out, but we’re finding that if you make it here, it’s very much worth the trip. We have taken the truck down to this village in the middle of this valley. It’s down by the river, and now we are heading into the jungle. We’re cruising with the Maroon, and we’re going in. We’re standing next to what’s literally called the Irie River. Jamaica is full of rivers; that’s where the name comes from. The Taino people were the original inhabitants in Jamaica. In Arawak, their language, this means the land of wood and water. Jamaica still is one of the biggest producers of potable water in the world. That’s why cruise ships stop here to restock, and they still export their water as far as Singapore and other countries. What’s that mean? Maroon picnic. He’s picking fruit. Yeah, he’s picking fruit. Mmmm. It’s kind of like a plum. One of the things that is fascinating it just seems like every couple of feet, we’re being stopped and told that this plant is used for that or this fruit is edible; you can make a spice or a marinade. I think that’s one of the coolest things about being here. We’re getting some serious knowledge on the usage of all the different plants. Want some? The Maroons only survived because they knew how to live off the land. I think it’s really interesting how the structure of the society has military names like Colonel, Captain. It’s almost like you can see how this was a culture that was formed during wartime and that cohesion of being a unit walking through these valleys, you can still see where it came from. it’s very cool. But it’s all peace and love now. All peace and love now. No more war. Right behind us is a water fall and back in the day, this was the only entrance into the Maroon’s village, which would have been way up there. We always use a river as our road. We just arrived at the river, and we had a really interesting surprise. Some more of the Maroon community just came up the river with some spear guns, fishing. It’s the way the Maroons have traditionally fished for food to eat, but it looks like the freshest way to catch a fish. Well, that was one of the coolest experiences we’ve had in a very, very long time. Big up for the Scotts Hall Maroon Community for welcoming us into their lands and sharing their cultures with us so that we can share it with you guys. Definitely, if you come to Jamaica, make sure you check out the Maroons. We’ll leave some contact information in the info box because the door’s open. Alright guys, if you enjoyed that video, you know what to do: thumbs-up, share it with your friends. Drop a comment and subscribe if you haven’t already. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace. This is insane.

100 thoughts on “The Maroons | Jamaica’s Forgotten Nation

  • Ashu Marvıne Post author

    You can't say "it looks like the freshest way to catch a fish" … Note that It remains the FRESHEST way to catch a fish man. Ain't no other way fresher.

  • Young Gyimah Post author

    She said nyankopon???

  • William Mick Post author

    Great video! Peace & Love my Jamaican friends!

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  • Reignn Post author

    I don't want Maroon Town to be opened up to all kind of bad spirit demons and devil's all in the name of tourism and money. Be careful Maroon people please. Keep this place sacred.

  • Camesha Kin Post author

    Oh wow

  • Anthony Shope Post author

    Bugs Bunny didn't forget them ! Whenever he wanted to insult someone he would say,"WHAT A MAROON !!!".

  • Katzykamwiz Post author

    The people in this comment section disgust me and are just as racist as the so called "enemies" they hate so much 😒😒😒

  • Sammy Blue Post author

    Oh my God direct descendant of Nanny Jamaica’s only female heroine. I’m so happy to see this I can’t wait to visit..

  • eternal promise Post author

    Jah children

  • lotusflower Post author

    I want to go see their village

  • frank ward Post author the first war between roos blood in italy

  • Jeff Edmond Post author

    These poeple think they see the real maroons???… patronisin cunts

  • Jeff Edmond Post author

    These poeple think they see the real maroons???… patronisin cunts

  • Podcrash200 Post author

    Any Jamaicans also being recommended this???

  • Ebenezer Appiah Post author

    Oh my Goodness I need to travel here,they speak my language I’m Akan by the way and Nyankopong means Almighty God,Abeng means whistle.GHANA 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭❤️❤️🖤🖤 u 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿

  • Kaila G Post author

    So quick to spread your MISCONCEPTIONS.. "Jamaica's Forgotten Nation" ? Excuse you? The Maroons are not "forgotten", and Jamaica is ONE nation.

  • Dania x Post author

    All peace and love but try to breech nuh… Lol!

  • Golden Bobby Post author

    Maroons direct descendants of moors

  • Anna Campbell Post author

    I'm a Jamaican and it's so beautiful that I could learn so much in this video…tbh I thought all the full maroons died years ago…so this was a big surprise to me! Thank you so much!

  • Kaila G Post author

    Please report this video for spreading false information.

  • Nathaniel zephaniah Benjamin Israel Post author

    tribe of benjamin watch does edomite spies

  • Jon B Post author

    For this video to finish without mentioning queen nanny… chaaa

  • bes_bruk_lyphe Post author

    They are not jamaicans forgotten nation… u dont live here stfu

  • Kaycee Moore Post author

    Did I heard her saying Nyankopong? Ooh really proud Ghanaian

  • Health & Beauty for the House & Body Post author

    Lived experience. Ethnography

  • Health & Beauty for the House & Body Post author

    Goats in Maroon Village! I though they said goat poop cause Maroon feet to split

  • Yacinth O’Neill Post author

    This is such an honour for me to learn more about my people (I have Maroon blood in me on both sides) I will definitely have to visit to learn more about my history!!

  • watchman watchman Post author

    I have a question yes Jamaicans came from Ghana….my question is why we Ghanaians circumcise n Jamaicans don't? Please someone needs to answer..besides Jamaica is known as the land of RAPE almost every woman n child has experienced rape n violence some has experienced multiple rapes n violence.. Again why Jamaicans hate we Africans? Please someone should answer..

  • L’nDon Khareem Post author

    Thanks guys

  • Sovereign Mind Post author

    This is the problem with so-called black people y'all think the colonizers like you and want to be
    your friend. Remember this is how we fail as a people by sharing our spirituality and our science with them.

  • andre chambers Post author

    The maroons or the slave catchers

  • johnny perkinns Post author

    Traitors they are

  • 🌹Rose MooR🌹 Post author

    Of all the people to visit their village they let these Europeans in. I need to visit my Maroon family instead of these caves.

  • princeasante1 Post author

    I’m an American born Ghanaian and even I can understand the Twi, yet folks are saying they’re from the Congo. Please. Here’s another vid

  • Brooklyn Brawler Post author

    Shouldn’t be showing those devil colonizers nothing. Death to Babylon

  • cruze1732r jmt Post author

    For all the paranoid jamaicans ere say oh they shouldn't be tell our secrets my question to you is are you a maroon ??
    The people in the video are maroons and they seem quite comfortable share such rich history and culture
    Ps my mom's a maroon for all who gonna ask me if i am one

    Here i was as a jamaican jealous to see that everywhere i go on the internet in the books on tv there was almost no documented or detailed history of my country
    Search here on youtube you find history for almost every country rarely about us and even when u do find some information its limited
    Only to cone an see some dark fool fool no bomboclat idiot jamaican a bash the man dem fi a provide content that "I" a born jamaican and many more im sure never knew

  • Diseased Panda28 Post author

    Who else was brought here after watching Luke Cage season 3?

  • cujoe Mblakka Post author

    The African people to break the yoke of slavery, 1732, the people free themselves by their own efforts, not beg on their knees.
    Don't sell your secrets, it your security, the war is not over.

  • KayKay Eternal Post author

    Nice video

  • The Fugitive Post author

    It's well know that da white people go to Jamaica for the weed and the big bamboo 👌😏

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  • Nunayah Buisness Post author

    Are we not going to talk about how the maroons were the most successful slave catchers in Jamaica?

  • Nunayah Buisness Post author

    Ok to everyone bitching about how it’s white people coming in to document the maroons please point me to the documentary made by blacks people? I’m waiting… you want your culture celebrated but your not doing it and you complain cuz the wrong race is doing it. Bitch less act more.

  • Tia Tia Post author

    Who said they are a forgotten nation?

  • John Bull Post author

    The word for 'you people' in the Igbo language of Nigeria is 'Unu'. Jamaica says 'Unu' too. The broken english word for child used in English speaking West Africa is 'Pickin'. Jamaican say 'Pickney'.

  • geoff edwards Post author

    Maroons fought so hard for their freedom the crown,left them to rule themselves because they were terrific fighters.

  • ShaeƧΉΛΣѕнαє Annalese Post author

    All the people in the comments are racist against white people and are really unintelligent and foolish. Welcome to our country. I admire your effort to learn and appreciate outlr culture thank you. Do not listen to the negative comments. It's no longer the 17th century. Enjoy our islands wonders

  • Brianna Browne-Vincent Post author

    I was offended when he tried to mock the Jamaican accent. Now I’m wondering if the money being made from this YouTube video is being shared with the maroon village? All I see at the moment are two white boys capitalizing of my culture

  • Monster X Post author

    Don't trust the white people. Soon all that nature will be destroyed for 5 star resorts and you'll end up being chefs and waiters while the courrpt elite and whites live in luxary.

  • Karl Adams Post author


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  • Mike zeigler Post author

    Benjamin of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
    Judah needs you to chant down Babylon. One spirit with us in America. Still sounds Trumpet Gabriel spirit.

  • Jemelia Miller Post author

    Please don't turn alyuh village into a tourist destination; because the government will just sell alyuh land to the major hotels and resorts franchises. Peace and Love. 💓💓💓💓💓 💓💓 💓💓

  • Petula Thompson Post author

    I am already a jamaican !😁

  • ian hall Post author

    The maroons were traiters plain and simple they had a treaty with the british and hunted and captured run away slaves respect the fact that they faught for there freedom but hate the fact that they were the crab in the barrell that got out and closed the lid

  • Miss So Opinionated Post author

    What kind of apple is that

  • Real Nigga Post author

    Humble and and happy. The simplest life is the best way of life

  • Tameree Davis Post author

    I like the beauty of the natural habitat it seems like a great experience.

  • sateenma1 Post author

    I am beaming proud. 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 My country. My people. #standfirm

  • Executive Woman Post author

    Yall haven't learned a damn thing from the indians of America have you???!!! Ya'll gone learn bout that pale face demon soon nuff, watch!

  • Executive Woman Post author

    TheseMaroons ain't nothing but some dropped of YAHUDIUM!!!

  • mrtalkoe Post author

    Yes please

  • JNF FNJ Post author

    The Chinese don't share their secrets with the world and yet these Jamaicans seem oblivious to the past history of the pale faced outsider.

    Stop messing with my comment you punk bitch, what I dropped is the truth but I guess my words are fire, so let it burn a hole through yo ass 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Miss Martha Post author

    Lets hope that their life does not get spoiled by tourism.

  • ahmed abdullah Post author

    The Maroons were already there NOT from West Africa as Caucasian people would like the aboriginal indigenous people who inhabit the Island of Jamaica to believe

  • I dont leave likes, l leave comments Post author

    Captain codjoe

  • J PC Post author

    Big up and respect, I love learning and re-learning about my ancestry, its so important. Thenk yuh to the elders who continue to teach us. I’m sorry if this sounds hateful, mi nuh mean it like dat but the two Americans should have just kept quiet and done the filming, shame they had to be there at all. No need for such interference, this is our lineage not a Hollywood movie.

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  • Kirk Johnson Post author

    Maroons aren't a forgotten nation. We still learn about them in our high school history books along with other enslaved people who freed themselves from slavery. This is not new. Thank you for trying to educate other people about the rich history of the Caribbean.

  • Kirk Johnson Post author

    Did he just call Cashew fruit apples. Oh gosh I can't.

  • Shawn Tucker Post author

    White men just there to look at they Private parts

  • Shakera Linton Post author

    Any maroons here? We don't have to worry about their trick in trying to colonize us because we can read their minds and know what they are up to. I want to reunite with my maroon families.

  • M J Smith Post author

    The colonizers are watching and plotting

  • betta n guppies channel Post author

    Friendly and sincere smile like always.

  • mario figueroa Post author

    Lol jamaicans will say anything for some tourist money 😂😂😂we are bomboclat general and drummer lol

  • Sunflowers florist London Post author

    Why whites sharing our story? This is not valid and I disapprove . You guys in Jamaica must stop from telling your formers slave master your secrets keep them out our ancestors disapprove.

    Wake up Jamaican, I stop watching this video in 1 minute

  • John Kincy Laforest Post author

    Proud of you my fellow African brothers. Down here in Haiti one of the most beloved figures among our valiant forefathers who kicked the butt of the French invaders was known as "Nèg Marron" and he originally came from Jamaica. If only we could elect leaders who know their history and who would put the people first and not serve the interest of the imperialists, our people would prosper and cooper better. We are all the same after all, displaced Africans living in the Caribbean.

  • hunzolee Post author

    Enjoy it long as you can. One of the Jamaican worker at the company told me he is sceptical about the Chinese influence in Jamaica.

  • Donovan Lewis Post author

    They were enslaved mentally. They were never slaves . Your a moron if u believe this

  • Michelle Samuels Post author

    Jamaican heritage. Born in Britain. Maroons very strong. The Maroon Wars with the British until 1796. Please buy the DVD, Akwaaba, Maroons of Jamaica, and Queen Nanny.

    Maroons own their own land, and civilization.

  • Cher M Post author

    Something is happening where the rich white people, other people from overseas are buying up land. And the nerve of them are saying they dont like black people being there. I am afraid in the future the white people may push out the jamaicans and take over again. Jamaica is beautiful and jamaicans are beautiful. I hope that they can stop this before Jamaica is not Jamaica anymore.

  • Fareedjohnson187 Post author

    Hebrew Israelites Jews was brought to Jamaica as slaves from the tribe IBGO

  • Shotta Waterberg Post author

    My People I am a Maroon from Suriname

  • Tony Neil Post author

    West African slaves huh? Lying ass European! I’m from Portland Iamayca. My family & ancestors are from Iamayca. I did a DNA test through 23&me. Results, 94.1% American(continent). I then sent my results to a geneticist.

    Conclusion, through genetic evidence my ancestors has been in Iamayca & the Americas for over fifty thousand years.

    This DNA evidence is on record with any corporation, government or otherwise who claim that I was a Slav from Africa. Game Over!!!

  • Josh Zeidner Post author

    I wonder if Maroon comes from Marrano?

  • terminalcommand Post author

    All this talk about the "White Man" (fair point, LoL but I doubt it's the vagabrothers) being a threat, when Jamaica is now economically owned by the Chinese….Many Chinese do not hire Jamaicans, exclusionary restaurants et cetera…..Many Chinese are very anti-black/racist and view us as not equal to them. Try having dark skin in China…while not being famous….LoL…such is humanity.

  • NoWayAsWay71 Post author

    That was dope! It looks beautiful there

  • delroy lewis Post author

    My blood line is maroon from my dad's parents?????

  • Bahati Pari Post author

    I was told I was of the Nanny of the Maroons by an Ancient who lives Sava la mar. I want to know more. He seen the Spirit in me

  • Melz BX Post author

    Kick these white ppl out

  • J G Post author

    I'm proud to say that I'm a descendant of Nanny

  • jupita tv Post author

    Brothers and sisters we Jamaican is more than maroon we are God's holy treasure the children of Israel the real Hebrews of the bible

  • WolfWarrior 1809 Post author

    I’m a descendant to the maroons

  • Shabazz Sass Post author

    No this spot will be exploited, corrupted etc…

  • Frostgrl681 Post author

    Dear Maroons, you all better stop letting strangers in your business. More hiding, less show and tell. Show and tell will come back to bite you. Next thing you know they will be plotting your genocide and subsequent land theft.

  • Andrew Henry Post author

    Jamaica exports water I did not know we have drought now

  • Andrew Henry Post author

    Dem not saying jesus

  • Derrick Ansah Post author

    abeng is whistle or horn in ghana

  • B T Post author

    To hell with them white skin decendants of colonial "vampires"!!

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