When the Maroons of Dominica challenged the British Empire 200 years ago, they were captured and put on trial. Here, for the first time, you can read their evidence and, unusually, hear their voices — in resistance and defeat.
‘Your Time Is Done Now’ tells the story of Dominica’s Maroons through the transcripts of trials held in 1813 and 1814 at the end of the Second Maroon War. Using the evidence to explain how the Maroons waged war against slave society, the book reveals fascinating details about how they survived in the forest and of their relationships with their allies, the enslaved on the plantations. It also, again through the historical record, examines the key role of the British governor, George Ainslie, who succeeded in suppressing the Maroons, and how the Colonial Office in London reacted to his punitive conduct.
Compiled and edited by Polly Pattullo, the publisher of Papillote Press, with an introduction by Dominican Bernard Wiltshire, ‘Your Time Is Done Now’ is an important book.
“We know far too little of the Maroons, and of their attempt to carve out a free existence for themselves in a dark and oppressive time. It’s good to have this new window onto that past in this book, and to be reminded again of the cruelty of Caribbean slavery and the bravery of those who tried to escape it.”
– Adam Hochschild
“This is a very valuable book..the documents allow us to hear the voices of the enslaved. They also provide an important insight into the brutality of the white authorities in suppressing the Maroons.”
– Professor Gad Heuman, editor of ‘Slavery & Abolition’
“An important contribution to the study of marronage and slave resistance in the Caribbean, revealing that the movement was strong in rugged Dominica as it was in the more widely known case of Jamaica.”
– Lennox Honychurch, author of ‘Negre Mawon: the Fighting Maroons of Dominica’