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Tacky's War, or Tacky's Rebellion, was an uprising of Black African slaves that occurred in Jamaica in May, June and July 1760. It was the most significant slave rebellion in the Caribbean between the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John and the 1790 Haitian Revolution.
The leader of the rebellion, Tacky (Takyi), was Ashanti and had been a chief in Asanteman (in the Ashanti region of present-day Ghana) before being enslaved. Beginning in St. Mary in the early morning of Easter Monday, Tacky and a group of supporters, most or all his fellow Ashanti also known as Coromantin(as well as Ashanti in Jamaica), moved inland. They took over plantations and killed the white plantation owners. Their plan was to overthrow British rule and to establish an African kingdom in Jamaica. A slave from one of the rebel-controlled plantations escaped and informed white authorities. After the mobilization of a planter militia, regular troops and a Maroon force allied to the British, many of the rebels were allowed to return to their plantations. Some, including Tacky, fought on. After Tacky was killed by a Maroon sharpshooter, the last fighters killed themselves before capture.
Tacky's Rebellion was, like many other Atlantic slave revolts, put down quickly and mercilessly by colonial officials. Planters severely punished rebel slaves. But, other slaves learned of Tacky's revolt, which inspired unrest and disorder throughout the island. It took the local forces some weeks to reestablish order.
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