Juan de Bolas

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Juan de Bolas
Born Juan de Bolas
Died 1664
Other names Juan Lubolo
Known for First Chief of a prominent Jamaican Palenque, the inhabitants of which became the Jamaican Maroons

Juan de Bolas originally Juan Lubolo (??-1664) was the first chief of the Jamaican Maroons. The English named two rivers and a mountain after him to commemorate his assistance in expelling the Spaniards from the island and capturing hostile maroons.[1]

The English appointed him Colonel of the Black Militia and guaranteed his Palenque land and liberties "for ever".[2]

Juan de Bolas was killed in an ambush by an unaligned Palenque in 1664.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Sibley, Inez (1978). Dictionary of Place-Names in Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica. p. 85. 
  2. ^ W. Noel Sainsbury (editor), "America and West Indies: February 1663," Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 5: 1661-1668