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National Heroes’ Day (Jamaica)

October 16

National Heroes’ Day in Jamaica honors Alexander Bustamante, Nanny of the Maroons, and five other heroes. Bustamente was a politician who became the first Prime Minister of Jamaica. Nanny of the Maroons led a community of formerly enslaved Africans called the Windward Maroons. In the early 18th century, under the leadership of Nanny, the Windward Maroons fought a guerrilla war over many years against British authorities in the Colony of Jamaica in what became known as the First Maroon War.


October 16
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