Author Archives: Alex Moulton

I am a Dissertation Fellow and Lecturer in the department of Global Studies and Human Geography at Middle Tennessee State University. I completed my PhD in Geography at Clark University. ​​My work sits at the intersection of human-environment geography and social theory, with a focus on the ways race, power and social capital mediate outcomes of agrarian change and environmental politics. I am deeply interested in thinking through questions of care, liberation, justice and kinship. I have pursued these interests and questions in many ways: through work on small-holder perceptions and experience of climate change; in work examining the discursive regimes governing agrarian development initiatives; on-campus activism for diversity and racial justice; and in emerging work on identity, nationhood and cultural heritage and protected area management in Jamaican maroon communities.
a picture of the forested landscape surround Accompong, Jamaica, one of the major Maroon communities on the island

Black Geographies: New Maroon Studies and the Politics of Place

Jamaican Maroons are the descendants of Africans who escaped enslavement on plantations in the early colonial period. Mentions of the Maroons in the colonial record begin around 1655, when the British, having routed the Spanish from Jamaica, started facing fierce guerrilla resistance from groups of Africans who had established free communities in the hills. The Maroon population grew as frequent revolts on the plantations facilitated the flight to freedom in the hills. The British unsuccessfully tried to subdue the Maroons by force of arms. Ultimately, they signed peace treaties with the leaders of the two main Maroon groups in 1739. The treaties included land grants and recognition of Maroon autonomy, but also included stipulations that the Maroons help capture runaways and subdue revolts in the future. (read more...)