Your Time Is Done Now: Slavery, Resistance and Defeat: the Maroon Trials of Dominica (1813-1814)
edited by Polly Pattullo
introduction by Bernard Wiltshire
“We know far too little of the Maroons, and of their attempt to carve out a free existence for themselves in a dark and oppressive time. It’s good to have this new window onto that past in this book, and to be reminded again of the cruelty of Caribbean slavery and the bravery of those who tried to escape it.” Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains
“This is a very valuable book… the documents allow us to hear the voices
of the enslaved.” Professor Gad Heuman, editor of Abolition & Slavery
When the Maroons of Dominica challenged the British Empire some 200 years ago, they were captured and put on trial. Here, for the first time, you can read their evidence and, unusually, hear their voices — in resistance and defeat.
Your Time Is Done Now tells the story of the Maroons of Dominica through the transcripts of trials held in 1813 and 1814 at the end of the Second Maroon War. Using the evidence to explain how the Maroons waged war against slave society, the book reveals fascinating details about how they survived in the forests and of their relationship with their allies, the enslaved on the plantations. It also, again through the historical record, examines the key role of the British governor, George Ainslie, who succeeded in suppressing the Maroons, and how the Colonial Office in London reacted to his punitive conduct.
Editor Polly Pattullo is a journalist and publisher of Papillote Press, which specialises in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean. The introduction is by Bernard Wiltshire, a Dominican lawyer and a former attorney-general.
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Publication: February 2015
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