Caribbean History Quiz
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Question for Saturday February 17, 2024
In late May 1760 an uprising occurred in Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica, led by this man. The rising did not collapse even when the British navy became involved or when the leader was captured and gruesomely executed that summer. Rebel bands continued their struggle into the following year, relying on tactics of guerilla warfare.
Question for Saturday February 10, 2024
During the Arena Uprising in 1699 on the island of Kairi which was led by this chief, the Kalinago first attacked the priests, clubbing them to death then they ambushed the governor's party, killing everyone except a soldier who escaped and rode back to the capital, San Jose de Oruna, with the news.
Answer to question for Saturday February 10, 2024
Question for Saturday February 3, 2024
This maroon leader who founded the cumbe Ocoyta around 1770 led raids on various plantations both to liberate enslaved Africans and to punish overseers in Venezuela. A special army had to be raised to destroy Ocoyta and capture and execute him.
Answer to question for Saturday February 3, 2024
Question for Saturday January 20, 2024
This Cacique of Abeyno Salinas led the Tainos continued armed resistance to the Spaniards on the island of Boriquen from 1511 – 1516 until he finally was forced to flee to Quisqueya.
Answer to question for Saturday January 20, 2024
Question for Saturday January 13, 2024
Between 1700 and 1800 this group who were the offspring of African men and the female indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean coast of Central America engaged in long-range raiding as far north as the Yucatán and as far south as Costa Rica attacking Spanish-held territories and the still independent indigenous groups in the area.
Answer to question for Saturday January 13, 2024
Miskito Zambo/Black Miskitos
Question for Saturday December 30, 2023
Members of this race became so preferred by the Spanish over indigenous labor that a royal decree of 1558 decreed that only members of this race (and no natives) should be used for pearl diving since it was recognized that they were superior swimmers to Europeans.
Answer to question for Saturday December 30, 2023
Question for Saturday December 23, 2023
On November 23, 1733, on the Danish colony of St. Jan this Ashanti woman led about 150 enslaved Africans in revolting against their Danish masters in the plantations in what became known as the Amina Rebellion/Akwamu Revolt.
Answer to question for Saturday December 23, 202
Question for Saturday December 16, 2023
In 1651 the Kalinago on the island of Camerhogne led by this chief made the mistake of launching a frontal attack on a French fort. Bows and arrows against cannon and scores of muskets turned it into a suicide attack. The Kalinago were easily defeated
Answer to question for Saturday December 16, 2023
Question for Saturday December 09, 2023
From 1769 - 1773 this chief led the mixed African and Kalinago warriors during the First Carib War on the island of Hairoun/St. Vincent over British attempts to extend colonial settlements into their territories.
Answer to question for Saturday December 09, 2023
Question for Saturday December 02, 2023
After her husband Guama who was leading the Taino anti-Spanish resistance in Cobao (Cuba) died in 1533 , his wife continued the struggle until she was captured and hanged a few months later in 1533. What was her name?
Answer to question for Saturday December 02, 2023, 2023
Question for Saturday November 25, 2023
In July 1595, this enslaved African recruited 5000 enslaved Africans to raid and destroy plantations, sugar mills, and settler houses on the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde in the Atlantic. His rebels destroyed 60 of the island's 85 sugar mills, but were defeated by the militia after three weeks. Two hundred revolting Africans were killed in combat, and he was captured in January 1596, sent to prison and later executed by the Portuguese.
Answer to question for Saturday November 25, 2023
Question for Saturday November 18, 2023
This man, after having fought many battles for the independence of Colombia, made history after taking office as the first and only Black president of Colombia on May 21st, 1861.
Answer to question for Saturday November 18, 2023
Juan José Nieto Gil
Question for Saturday November 11, 2023
On October 1, 1878 the laborers working in the Croix plantations who were supposed to have been free since emancipation in 1848 rose up under the leadership of these three women known as “The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands”, What were their names?
Answer to question for Saturday November 11, 2023
Mary Thomas (Queen Mary), Axeline Elizabeth Salomon (Queen Agnes), and Mathilda McBean (Queen Mathilda)
Question for Saturday November 4, 2023
In 1592 this Kalinago chief granted an area in Northwest Kairi (Trinidad) to the Spanish to establish a settlement. However, following slave raids by Spaniards from Cumaná and Margarita the Kalinago grew increasingly hostile towards the Spaniards. The chief was eventually captured, chained and tortured by Antonio de Berrío, the first Spanish governor of Trinidad for opposing the Spanish.
Answer to question for Saturday November 4, 2023
Goanagoanare (a.k.a. Guanaguanare, Wannawanare)
Question for Saturday October 28, 2023
This African woman was one of the principal leaders of the Haitian Revolution and reportedly taught Dessalines skills such as hand-to-hand combat and how to throw a knife as well as physical maneuvers to defend himself in battle.
Answer to question for Saturday October 28, 2023
Victoria Montou aka Abdaraya Toya
Question for Saturday October 21, 2023.
When the English invaded and captured Jamaica in 1655, the enslaved Africans used the opportunity provided by the confusion to escape en masse to the mountains. One of the leaders of the rebellion and his followers began launching guerrilla raids against the English. He continued fighting the English and evaded capture. He and his followers were still harassing the English in the 1670s.His community was based primarily around Los Vermajales, and as a result the English called his group of Maroons the Karmahaly Maroons. The British were never able to locate their settlement or to defeat them. What was his name?
Answer to question for Saturday October 21, 2023
Juan de Serras
Question for Saturday October 14, 2023.
In 1749 this man headed a rebellion of enslaved Kongo and Loango people in Caracas. He demanded that the colonial authorities establish a non-racist government. He was captured and executed.
Answer to question for Saturday October 14, 2023
Question for Saturday October 7, 2023.
Enslaved Africans from the southern USA joined the British Royal Marines in the War of 1812 when promised freedom and land if they enlisted. When the war ended, the British fulfilled that promise in 1815 and 1816, resettling the black veterans in the hills of southern Trinidad where they became known by this name.
Answer to question for Saturday October 7, 2023
Merikens / Merikins
Question for Saturday October 7, 2023.
Between 1532 and 1548 this enslaved African who had escaped from a plantation led a large maroon settlement in the mountains of Bahoruco in the south-west of the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo gathering an army estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 before being finally captured and beheaded in 1548.
Answer to question for Saturday September 30, 2023
Question for Saturday September 23, 2023.
During the English invasion and capture of Jamaica from the Spaniards in 1655 the enslaved Africans took advantage of the resulting confusion to escape en masse into the mountains under two leaders. They began launching guerrilla raids against the English and initially waged a relentless campaign against them. But in 1660 one of them began to cooperate with the English. What was his name?
Answer to question for Saturday September 23, 2023
Juan de Bolas/Lubolo
Question for Saturday September 16, 2023.
After the passing of the Act abolishing the trans-Atlantic trafficking of humans from Africa to the Americas, the British established the British West India Regiments comprised mainly of Africans taken from the trans-Atlantic human trafficking ships. How many regiments existed at peak?
Answer to question for Saturday September 16, 2023
Question for Saturday September 9, 2023.
This Cacique of Higüey in Ayiti/Quisqueya fought to preserve the autonomy of his Cacicazgo against brutal Spanish repression from 1503 – 1504 before being defeated and executed by hanging.
The answer will be posted on Saturday September 16, 2023.
Answer to question for Saturday September 9, 2023
Question for Saturday September 2, 2023.
This half African/half European man who was the son of an enslaved African woman in St. Domingue and a wealthy French planter became a Military Engineer and a three-star general in the French Army in the 1790s. His son, a famous novelist, also had the same name.
Answer to question for Saturday September 2, 2023
Question for Saturday August 26, 2023.
The 1843 – 1844 Triunvirato Rebellion in Cuba is also known by the name of its female leader.
Answer to question for Saturday August 26, 2023.
Question for Saturday August 19, 2023.
In 1628 the Dutch established a colony of a hundred settlers called Nieuw Walcheren at Great Courland Bay on the island of Tobago and built a fort, Nieuw Vlissingen. However, the colony was abandoned in 1630 as the result of relentless attacks by Native American Kalinago from Grenada and St. Vincent.
Give the original Kalinago names of these three islands.
Answer to question for Saturday August 19, 2023.
Tobago - Urupaina
Grenada - Camerhogne
St. Vincent - Hairoun
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