Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition


Wentworth's instructions regarding the recently arrived Jamaican Maroons

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Lieutenant Governor Sir John Wentworth expresses an optimistic hope that the Maroons may become successful settlers. Wentworth believed that the Maroons were a brave and respectable people who simply needed to be 'civilized'. He hoped to accomplish this task by "instructing all of them in the Christian religion." The Maroons were not interested in Christianity and Wentworth eventually had to give up his hope of 'civilizing' them.

Date: 29 June 1797

Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 vol. 419 no. 19 (microfilm no. 15460)