[World History Archives]

The retrospective history of Jamaica

Hartford Web Publishing is not the author of the documents in World History Archives and does not presume to validate their accuracy or authenticity nor to release their copyright.

   The history in general of Jamaica

The Mother of Us All, A History of Queen Nanny, Chapter 1: Introduction
By Karla Gottlieb. Africa World Press, 2000. The first chapter of a study of the obeah leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons from 1728. Chapter 1 is an introduction concerning the relation of the Maroons to the colonial powers, their social life, African heritage, and rebellions. Reviews the framework from which Jamaican marronage evolved.
Re-visiting the Christmas Rebellion
By Dionne Jackson Miller, IPS. On 27 December 1831 a rebellion at Kensington in St. James forever changed the face of slavery, not only in Jamaica, but the entire Caribbean, and the Americas. Sam Sharpe, spiritual leader of the rebellion, is today a Jamaican national hero.
No Mass Tribute for a Hero
By Howard Campbell, IPS. Token commemorations once again marked Marcus Garvey's Aug 12 1888 birth date throughout Jamaica, with the Rastafarian community's observance of his 112th birthday being the most pronounced. Many Jamaicans are ignorant of his contributions even though he is the countrys first national hero.
Book on Founding Father of Rastafarians
By Howard Campbell, IPS. A detailed book on the life of Leonard Howell, a charismatic religious leader acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the rastafarian religion in the Caribbean. Howell died in obscurity in 1981 aged 84, but his work as a pioneer in the cause of the embattled sect remains vivid in the minds of rastafarians even though he was ostracised at the time of his death.

Surveys of Jamaican history

By Veront Satchell, Africana.com, 1999. A brief history, covering from the late 15th to the end of the 20th century.
Review of Werner Zips, Black Rebels: African-Caribbean Freedom Fighters
Reviewed By Leslie R. James, DePauw University, in The North Star. A significant contribution to the literature on the Jamaican Maroons. The fundamental continuity and interface between traditional African religion and cultural resistance in Maroon culture. A successful history of resistance rather than a history of domination.