Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Pan-African Studies

Committee Chair

Hudson, J. Blaine

Author's Keywords

War of 1812; Colonial marines; African American soldiers; Underground railroad


African American soldiers--History--18th century; United States--History--War of 1812--Participation, African American; Great Britain. Corps of Colonial Marines--African Americans


This research will address several key historical realities overlooked in reference to African Americans during the War of 1812. One, that African Americans played a significant role in the successes of United States military conflicts during the war. Two, an acknowledgement that African Americans used military service as a way to demonstrate their legitimacy as American citizens. Finally, military service proved to be a viable method of resistance to the institution of slavery during both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. I will pay particular attention to African Americans who escaped slavery to enlist in Six Companies of British Colonial Marines resettled in Trinidad upon conclusion of the war.