In 1720, Nanny and Quao, sometimes called her brother, settled and controlled an area in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. It was later given the name Nanny Town, which had a strategic location overlooking Stony River via a 270 m ridge, making surprise attacks by the British very difficult.

Nanny is a descendant of the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, and the Indigenous people of Jamaica. She trained freed slaves how to outsmart the British using guerrilla warfare and ancient magic, or 'Obeah' as it is called in Jamaica.

She earned the title of “The Right Excellent” which only 7 national figures have ever held. This is particularly special because she happens to be the only woman on that list. She is on the Jamaican 500 dollar bill, the most circulated currency on the island.

There were accounts by British soldiers of 10 foot tall trees walking around and swallowing soldiers whole. There was also an account of a boiling cauldron in the middle of the woods with no fire underneath, and when soldiers would look into it, they would fall in and die. 

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