I am not a beach person. When I come to a country like Jamaica, known for its pristine coasts and water-related activities, I find myself looking for remnants of its colonial history. It’s not always an easy task, often requiring hiring or renting a car. It didn’t help this trip that I also arrived feeling under the weather and unable to explore as much as I would have liked.
FALMOUTH (TRELAWNY PARISH)
Situated on Jamaica’s north coast 18 miles east of Montego Bay and noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns.
GOOD HOPE ESTATE (COCKPIT COUNTRY)
Good Hope began in 1774 as a sugar estate and grew into a village to support the workers after emancipation.
ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH (MONTPELIER)
A former slave hospital turned into an active church in the Montpelier region of St. James parish.
We were only a week based out of Montego Bay this trip, so we only explored some of the northwest region of the island. Should we ever return, I’d like to see the south and east of the country, and find a few more remnants of its Spanish and British colonial past.
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— Marlon James