In the Forests of Freedom

In the Forests of Freedom

The Fighting Maroons of Dominica

by Lennox Honychurch

July 31 2017, Paperback, £9.99
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In this detailed and brilliantly researched book, the Dominican historian Lennox Honychurch tells the enthralling and untold story of how the Maroons of Dominica challenged the colonial powers in a heroic struggle to create a free and self-sufficient society. Much has been written about the Maroons of Jamaica; little about the Maroons of Dominica. This book redresses this gap. Acclaimed by Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and Richard Price, author of Maroon Societies, In the Forests of Freedom takes the reader deep into the forested hinterland of Dominica to explore the political, social and economic importance of the Maroons.

This book will long stand as the definitive account of these Maroons whom the British considered, after those in Jamaica, the major menace to their plantation system. Dominica’s Maroons have finally found their chronicler.

Richard Price, author of Maroon Societies

The brave people who held out in Dominica’s mountain wilderness for generations against the military forces of two colonial empires have had their story well told at last. Their spirits can now be at rest.

Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains

(This book was originally published privately by the author under the title Negre Mawon: the Fighting Maroons of Dominica.)

Read a Q & A with Lennox Honychurch in the New York Review of Books about the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Read here for the review in The Spectator Magazine.

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