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Marooning is the action of leaving someone behind deliberatly in an uninhabited area such as an uninhabited island.
The word appears from the early 1700's and is derived from the term maroon, a word for a fugitive slave, which could be a corruption of Spanish cimarrón, meaning 'wild'.
The practice was oten a penalty for crewmen, or for (bad) captains at the hands of their crew.
A marooned man was set on a deserted island; often no more than a sand bar at low tide.
He would be given some food, a container of water, and a loaded pistol so he could commit suicide if he desired.
The outcome of marooning was usually fatal.
The main practitioners of marooning were pirates, to such a degree that they were frequently referred to as "marooners".
The writings of Welsh pirate Bartholomew Roberts (Barti Ddu) describe marooning as a punishment for cheating fellow pirates or other offences.