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A Maroon (from the word marronage or cimarronaje) was a runaway slave, the the name given by the Spanish conquerers to its occupied colonies in Africa. Eventually, the terms was generalized to include any slave or any group of slaves that had rebelled or escaped from their owners. Individual groups of Maroons often joined with indigenious native tribes. Characteristics of the various cultural groups differ widely because of difference in history, geography, African Tribe, and the culture of Indigenious people throughout the Western hemisphere. Populations of Maroons are north from the Amazon river Basin to the American states of Florida and North Carolina, Islands off the coast of Guyana, Jamaica. Maroon settlements often possess a clannish , outsider identity.

Slaves began running away into the jungle as soon as Slavery was introduced to the Americas. Indigenious tribes provided a new home and community to those separated from their own Tribes in Africa. Maroons are an example of successful resistance to slavery.

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The Montreal Maroons were a professional ice hockey team, in existence from 1924 to 1938, with a final record of 271-260-91, and were Stanley Cup champions in 1926 and again in 1935.
The Chicago Maroon is the independent student newspaper of the University of Chicago, in publication since 1892.

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