Thursday 18 April 2024

Queen Nanny of the Maroons

Born 1686: Ghana 🇬🇭 

Died  1733/1750: Jamaica 🇯🇲 

For over 30 years it is said she fòught and frèed over 800 enslaved fòlks  on the island of Jamaica. There are many stories about her, it is said she was a queen in Ghana from the warrior Ashanti tribe when she was captured and brought to Jamaica 🇯🇲 where she later escaped and led an armed revolt against the British Empire in the mountains and jungles of Jamaica for two decades.

It is said she used guerrilla warfare to fight the British who suffered great loss and later settled with a peace treaty to spare their men. She was said to also be a powerful spiritual voodoo priestess who would use her powers to shield her fighters from the attacks of the British.

One British officer who was lucky to survive her encounter described her as being small, muscular and strong with intense eyes. She wore a girdle with at least 10 different combat knives. Queen Nanny is Jamaica's only female hero and there are still Maroons living in Jamaica today. #africa

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