Women and children were hidden deep in the forests for protection and where they could grow crops including cassava, corn, dasheen, papaya, plantain and sweet potato. They also foraged for fruits and nuts. To supplement this diet, agouties, iguanas, tree lizards, pigeons, parrots, crayfish and other seafood were caught. Maroons typically wore a loincloth called ‘kal fouk’; however, in battle they wore the European soldier’s underwear – longjohns. They were also usually barefoot when walking through the forest.
There are scant records of the intimate details of Maroon life – we can only speculate to what their social systems were like. Still, it’s fun to imagine what it was like, isn’t it?