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 slave
s and later for lost people in general
. The practice of maroon
ing 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 island
s disappear, and eventually the marooned pirate would die.