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Destination Travel Guide for Visitors to Jamaica SPANISH TOWN

Immediately west of Kingston along Jamaica’s South Coast lies St. Catherine, one of Jamaica’s largest parishes, named after Katherine, wife of King Charles II.

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The capital city called Spanish Town, officially named “St. Jago del la Vago” by the Spanish, was the original capital of Jamaica until 1872 when the capital was changed to Kingston.

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St. Catherine has a population of over 500,000, and is the birthplace of Olympic gold medalist Asafa Powell, actress Grace Jones and dancehall singer Queen Ifrica.

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Spanish Town is an important industrial center, second only to Kingston with many manufacturing businesses and the largest salt producing plant in the Caribbean.

Agriculture is also important with main crops produced, including Sugar Cane, Coconuts, Bananas, Pineapples, Peppers, Citrus and Dairy Farming.

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The lighthouse was erected in 1841 by freed African slaves from Sierra Leone. It is the oldest lighthouse in the island & is listed as a historical monument.

Just a one-hour drive from the capital city of Kingston, an enchanting world of crisp, clean air, lush terrain and vibrant wildlife awaits you in …

Items available are decorative and functional pieces that represent Jamaican heritage, with some modern works as well - all inspired from Jamaican culture.

Founded by Bob Marley in 1965, Tuff Gong includes a recording studio, mastering room, pressing plant, wholesale record shop, gift shop & booking agency.

With the gushing waters of the Tangle River, which flows into the Martha Brae, creating the spine of the five-acre property, this cultural enclave captures …

The Peter Tosh Museum was officially opened in November 2016, dedicated to one of Jamaica’s most creative songwriters and musicians. Tosh made his international career …

Walk the farm with Chris as you pick a salad for our table – sampling produce, enjoying the birds, flowers and sweeping views of Jamaica’s north coast.

Delve into the rich history of slave auctions, the logwood shipping industry, Shakespeare’s relatives, horse racing, and so much more. You’ll hear of a cast …

Ahhh Ras Natango is a tropical retreat comprising a gallery and botanical garden atop the hills overlooking Montego Bay. The gallery features work by resident …

In an effort to promote sustainable community development, the Blue Mountain Project is committed to enriching the lives of rural Jamaican communities by providing assistance …

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Experience the past as you venture into the world of the White Witch, as she roams this 18th Century plantation seeking the love & fortune that lured her here.

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Points of interest in St. Catherine include St. James Anglican Church, the Cast Iron Bridge, Emancipation Square, Caymanas Park Horse Racing track & Hellshire Beach.


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Have a Jamaican Government Staffer affordably conduct real Genealogical Research on your family’s history in Jamaica.

Jamaican Genealogical Information can be often incomplete as Official Registration of Births, Deaths, Baptismals & Marriages were originally kept & filed separately in each of Jamaica’s 14 parishes.

Additionally – Time, Nature & Acts of both God & Man have resulted in damage & loss to the Jamaican Family histories that do exist!

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  • The Parish (region) of their Birth, Death, Residence, Marriage or Baptism

  • The Approximate Dates of their Birth, Death & other Publicly-recorded Events

  • The Names of their Spouse & other relatives, both living & deceased

  • Their Job, Trade or Occupation

Write down as much of the above-mentioned ancestral detail as you can – along with any other details that may be of help to Jamaican Government Researchers.

Older Relatives may have different memories or stories about your shared Jamaican Ancestor so record their versions of events, dates, schools, churches, family nicknames, alternative name spellings too – especially connections to another Jamaican Parish, Major Life Event or Property Sale / Purchase.

Military affiliations, ranks or passed-down stories can be of help too as there may be information on your ancestors contained in records on the old British West Indian Regiment or listings of Jamaican-born soldiers who fought with & for the British in both World War 1 & 2.


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Cities, Towns & Districts
in Spanish Town (St. Catherine)

Town or District City / Parish   –   Population (Approx.)   –   GPS Coordinates

Lluidas Vale, Spanish Town / St. Catherine  –  2,161 –  18.12°N 77.15°W
Riversdale, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  2,791 –  18.15°N 76.97°W
Above Rocks, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  3,263 –  18.1089°N 76.8772°W
Point Hill, Spanish Town / St. Catherine 3,651 18.08°N 77.10°W
Old Harbour Bay, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  5,405 –  17.90°N 77.10°W
Ewarton, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  8,742 –  18.18°N 77.08°W
Bog Walk, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  8,794 –  18.10°N 77.02°W
Linstead, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  14,114 –  18.15°N 77.02°W
Old Harbour, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  17,778 –  17.92°N 77.10°W
Portmore, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  90,138 –  17.9499°N 76.8799°W
Spanish Town, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  92,383 –  17.9958°N 76.9551°W
Wood Hall, Spanish Town / St. Catherine –  Not Available –  18°02’43.5″N 77°16’38.2″W

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