11 Facts about Nanny of the Maroons You May Not Have Known

Jamaican Echoes

As the 174th anniversary of the full Emancipation of the enslaved people of Jamaica approaches (full Emancipation was granted on August 1, 1838) I’ll be writing several posts on the historical events that propelled this to eventually happen and to look at the persons who fought to end this abominable practice.

While Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica’s only National Heroine, and her resistance activities against the British and the institution of slavery, occurred during a much earlier period in our history, as the Hon. Prime Minister, Michael Manley, declared in October 1975 when announcing Nanny and Sam Sharpe as National Heroes: “we should never forget the earlier history that preceded the fact of Emancipation” (The Sunday Gleaner, October 19, 1975, pg. 1).

So here are some 11 facts about Nanny that many of us may not have known:

1. Ethnic Origin: Like the majority of the Maroons, Nanny was of Ashanti…

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