Fugitive Communities

by Carson Reynolds

“The early colonial period had many instances where women and men of mixed race were forced to make their own way in the wild . . .” Consequently, there were entire communities composed of mixed-race fugitives in early 17th century America. To those (like myself) who feel a certain amount of cultural isolation the idea of entire communities of like people is almost utopian. But the realities of those people must have been stark; living in the margin between two civilizations, one collapsing and the other expanding.