Nanny Town

Sketch of Nanny

Parish: Portland

The Maroon citadel was not by any means the most accessible site. Situated on Nanny Town Hill in the shadow of Abraham, 2,000' high above sea level, this was the most famous settlement of the Maroons. In its heyday it had over 140 houses, many of which were burnt by the militia but re-built by the Maroons during the four years of fighting which preceded the treaty.

It has been named after Nanny, the great Maroon leader who brought the Maroons many of their victories during the first Maroon war. Built around 1723, it was not discovered by the English until 1728 when Sambo, an African, led them to it. Nanny Town was repeatedly attacked by British troops in 1730, 1731, 1732, and several times in 1734.


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