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𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝗪𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 ⁣⁣⁣
After settling in the island of Haiti (also indigenously referred to as Quisqueya or Bohio) in 1492, the Spaniards exploited the island’s gold mines and reduced the Taíno (indigenous inhabitants) to slavery. Christopher Columbus renamed the island Española (Hispaniola) meaning “little Spain”. ⁣⁣⁣
As the indigenous population was dying of abuse and disease, African slaves were brought in; the first 15,000 Africans arrived in 1517. The Spanish settled on the eastern part of the island but focused on their more prosperous colonies in other parts of the Americas. This led, in the early 1660s, to an incursion into the western part of the island by the French who then named it 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭-𝐃𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐞. ⁣⁣
The French encountered many forms of slave resistance during the 17th and 18th centuries. Enslaved Africans who fled to remote mountainous areas were called marron (French) or mawon (Haitian Creole), meaning 'escaped slave'. The maroons formed close-knit communities that practised small-scale agriculture and hunting. They were known to return to plantations to free family members and friends. On a few occasions, they also joined the Taíno settlements, who had escaped the Spanish in the 17th century.⁣⁣⁣
𝐄𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡. 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞.

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𝐑𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐨𝐧𝐚⁣

Anacaona was born in Yaguana (today the town of Léogane, Haiti) in 1474. ⁣

Anacaona (from Taíno anacaona, meaning “golden flower”; from ana, meaning “flower”, and caona, meaning “gold, golden”) was a Taíno cacica (chief), born into a family of chiefs, and sister of Bohechío, chief of Xaragua. Her husband was Caonabo, chief of the nearby territory of Maguana. Her brother and her husband were two of the five highest caciques who ruled the island of Ayiti (now called Hispaniola) when the Spaniards settled there in 1492. She was celebrated as a composer of ballads and narrative poems, called areítos.⁣

She became chief of Xaragua after her brother’s death. Her husband Caonabo, suspected of having organized the attack on La Navidad (a Spanish settlement on north-western Hispaniola), was captured by Alonso de Ojeda and shipped to Spain, dying in a shipwreck during the journey — as many other Taino leaders died on Spanish ships away from their native lands.⁣

During a feast organized by 84 regional chieftains to honor her, the Spanish Governor Nicolás de Ovando ordered the meeting house to be set on fire to burn them alive. Cacica Anacaona and her Taíno noblemen were arrested — all accused of conspiracy for resisting occupation and executed.⁣

Prior to her ex*****on, Anacaona was offered clemency if she would give herself as concubine to one of the Spaniards which was common in the era. 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 (𝐜𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐜𝐚) 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲, 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝. Anacaona remained rebellious and independent until her violent public death.⁣

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