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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People

The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

by Daniel O. Sayers

Hardcover, 253 pages, Univ Pr of Florida, List Price: $79.95 |

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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People
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The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp
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Daniel O. Sayers

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Daniel Sayers examines the Great Dismal Swamp's archaeological record from around 1600 until the time of the Civil War, exposing and unraveling the complex social and economic systems developed by the thousands of Indigenous Americans, African- American maroons, free African-Americans, enslaved company workers and outcast Europeans who made the wwamp their home.

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Great Dismal Swamp, in Virginia and North Carolina, was once thought to be haunted. For generations of escaped slaves, says archaeologist Dan Sayers, the swamp was a haven. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

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