Leonard Parkinson, Maroon Leader, Jamaica, 1796

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Jamaica Assembly, The proceedings of the Governor and Assembly in regard to the maroon negroes [with introductory account by Bryan Edwards] (London, 1796), facing title page. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

"Leonard Parkinson, a captain of Maroons, taken from the Life." Parkinson was the "most obdurate and skillful of the young maroon captains. . . with his small band [he] held out for more than six months. This engraving, commissioned by Bryan Edwards . . . before the rebels were transported to Nova Scotia" (Michael Craton, Testing the Chains [Cornell Univ. Press, 1982], p. 221).