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All the documents are destroyed!: Documenting slavery for St Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles

This chapter discusses the use of spatial evidence in the study of resistance culture. Archaeological studies of the heritage of freedom fighters, carried out in Northern Florida, Palmares in Brazil, Jamaica at the sites of Nanny Town, Seaman's Valley, and Old Accompong, and in Suriname at Kumako and Tuido are beginning to throw light on the formation and transformation of resistance culture in the African Diaspora. Names of Maroon settlements in Suriname may be used to explain the cultural formation and transformation of the Saramaka and Matawai Maroons. One of the preoccupations of the Maroon Heritage Research Project (MHRP) has been the compilation of place names derived from oral traditions, as they related to the founding and use of sites as they disengaged from the plantation system. Larger excavation and surveys in Suriname should help establish the layout of the sites and make it possible to speculate about social organization at and among the sites.