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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:Caribbean & West Indies / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:257
  • eBook ISBN:9781623098483

The Story of Hanover - A Jamaican Parish

by Marguerite R. Curtin

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Overview
This publication is about the history of the second smallest parish of the island of Jamaica. From the heights of the Dolphin Head Mountains to a coastline of coves, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, its blue-green landscape of plains and valleys dotted with historic landmarks, tells a fascinating story. Lucea, the parish capital, originally called Santa Lucia by the Spaniards, lies beside a picturesque horseshoe harbour which was once a busy port shipping bananas and Lucea yam.
Description
This publication is about the history of the second smallest parish of the island of Jamaica. From the heights of the Dolphin Head Mountains to a coastlne of coves, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, its blue-green landscape of plains and valleys dotted with historic landmarks, tells a fascinating story. Lucea, the parish capital, originally called Santa Lucia by the Spaniards, lies beside a picturesque horseshoe harbour ,which was once a busy port whose main exports were bananas and the famous Lucea yam. It was in Lucea that Captain William Bligh had his headquarters for four years, prior to his two missions to the South Seas to obtain the prized breadfruit and other rare plants , then unknown in the Western Hemisphere. A brilliant cartographer, Bligh drew a map of the Lucea Harbour (1784). There are twenty chapters . in the publication. The first begins with a brief description of what the area was like in Amerindian times when the Taino people were inhabitants of Jamaica.. .In the remaining chapters, the reader is then taken through three centuries of British colonial rule; through slavery , Emancipation. in the 19th century, anf finally in the 20th century, to Adult Suffrage in 1944 and Independence in 1962. Of special interest is the photograph of the civic reception in the Lucea town centre (1966) when large crowds turned out to greet Her Royal Highness - Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
About the author
Jamaica's archives have provided Marguerite Curtin with the opportunity to research the fascinating history of her island. Born in the parish of St Andrew, she has spent most of her life as a teacher, editor, publisher and researcher. For six years, (1995 - 2000) she served as Project Director at the Hanover Museum in Lucea. This experience provided her with new perspectives and insights into Jamaica's history, particularly that of western Jamaica. Her publications include "Orchard: A Profile of an Estate in North Western Jamaica "(2002) "Legacy: The Levien Gore Family - A Jamaican Story" (2003). "Tryall, Hanover, Jamaica " (2004) and her most recent publication, "The Story of Westmoreland - A Jamaican Parish"(2011).
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