"maroonage" not in OED?!

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 21 15:34:02 UTC 2008

Apparently "maroonage" -- runaway slaves
establishing communities -- is not in the OED as
of draft revisions June 2008.  Nor is there a single instance in a quotation.

Google Books has "maroonage" back to 1817
(François Alexandre Stanislaus Wimpffen, A Voyage
to Saint Domingo ..., tr. by J. Wright, p. 230)
and 1824 (James Stephen, Slavery of the British
West India Colonies Delineated ..., vol. 1, p. 290).


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