You only make peace with your enemies, then you become friends. ✍🏾📄🤝
The Maroon wars against the British lasted 83 years. This means that the Maroons being a pre-existing state had its own army with commissioned officers capable of waging and sustaining a protracted war with the British naval empire.
Treaty of Peace
•Peace Treaty “An agreement or contract made by belligerent powers, in which they agree to lay down their arms, and by which they stipulate the conditions of peace and regulate the manner in which it is to be restored and supported.” Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Edition.
Details to notice from this Photo:
John Guthrie (left), Esquire for King George the second, sent to negotiate and finally conclude a treaty of peace and friendship with the aforesaid Captain Cudjoe (right), and the rest of his captains, adherents, and others his men.
(Source: 1738 Treaty)
Etiquette and Protocol
•The plenipotentiary powers of Guthrie gave him authority as an ambassador to negotiate treaties on behalf of the sending state (British).
•Guthrie’s Palm facing upwards gesture represents submission.
•Cudjoe’s arm folded.
Symbols of Office:
•Cudjoe’s Captain’s Hat as a symbol of office to represent his status as a commmissioned military officer.
•Baton held under arm are marks of a military officer.
What is Sovereignty ?
•According to Blacks Law Dictionary 6th Edition, “Sovereignty is the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which an independent state is governed supreme political authority the supreme will paramount control of the constitution and frame of government and its administration the self-sufficient source of political power, from which all specific political powers are derived the international independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating the internal affairs without foreign dictation also a political society , or state, which is sovereign and independent.
Chief Richard Currie