Nathaniel MillettThe Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

University Press of Florida, 2013

by Dan Kilbride on December 20, 2013

Nathaniel Millett

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This is a very timely book, coming as it does in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 — the war that gave birth to the maroon community of Prospect Bluff, Florida. In his book¬†The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World (UP of Florida, 2013),¬†Nathaniel Millett shows how an assortment of free African-Americans, escaped slaves, Africans, and Afro-Indians created a thriving, highly organized community in the shadow of the expanding slave empire of the southwestern United States. Inspired by the singular figure of Edward Nichols, and Irish-born British officer of staunch anti-slavery convictions, the men and women of Prospect Bluff forged a community that realized their deepest understandings of freedom in the midst of the era of Atlantic revolutions.

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