Maroons are descendants of Africans in the Americas who formed settlements away from slavery. They often mixed with indigenous peoples, eventually evolving into separate creole cultures such as the Garifuna and the Mascogos.
Overview: Fort Mose: The Original Underground Railroad.
Fast Fact: Enslaved people from the Carolina and Georgia vicinity fled servitude and made their way to Spanish Florida. One of the earliest accounts documenting people who escaped enslavement was in 1687, the Spanish governor reported (to the Spanish Crown) the arrival of the first runaway slaves from the English, in Carolina.