Term generally used to describe pirates. Maroon comes from the Caribbean, where the Spanish word "cimarrón" was used to describe anything wild or untamed, used for runaway slaves and later for lost people in general. The practice of marooning was a punishment, used by pirates, in which a seaman was left on a desert island to die. The Caribbean is ideal for this because by high tide its many small sand islands disappear, and eventually the marooned pirate would die.