Jamaica, the birthplace of Bob Marley and James Bond, is the home to many beautiful beaches, lots of warm sunshine, and many man-made and natural attractions. The island also has a rich history and culture, which means there are lots of historical places in Jamaica to satisfy any traveler’s dream. Jamaica has several historical monuments, landmarks, historical places and historic buildings that retell a story of their own, all of which are just waiting for you to discover and explore. If your travel is taking you to this beautiful island, below are a few great historic attractions for you to check out!
Fort Charlotte, Lucea
Built in 1746 to protect North Western Jamaica from naval attacks, Fort Charlotte stands on a peninsula overlooking the bay in Lucea, Hanover. Fort Charlotte was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. The fort has several openings toward the sea, and it is one of the best-preserved forts in Jamaica.
When you visit Fort Charlotte, you will get to see the cut-stone Artillery Store which still stands supreme on the fort. You will also get to see the remains of the circular base of the rotation of guns, which were used to defend the fort from any angle. In addition to this, you will get to take in one of the most captivating views of the harbor as well.
Fort George, Port Antonio
Perched in Port Antonio, Fort George is an eighteenth-century fort that will give you a look into the historic Jamaican past. The fort was used during the First World War as a training base and supply storage for the British Navy, and now it is home to the Titchfield High School.
Fort George was designed as a smaller version of the Royal Citadel in Plymouth, England’s most important defense for over 100 years. The fort was built with ten feet thick walls and to hold 22 guns, including 8 large cannons. On your trip to visit the ruins of the circa 18th century fort you will get to explore the fort’s ammunition house, the defense walls, cannons and the surrounding areas.
Falmouth Historic District, Trewlany
The Falmouth Historic District is settled in the seaside town of Falmouth, Trelawny Jamaica. The Historic District is one of the Western Hemisphere’s best-preserved Georgian towns and when you visit it the spirit of 18th century Jamaica can still be felt. Falmouth’s Historic District holds the largest intact collection of British Colonial architecture in the Caribbean which showcases the town’s rich heritage and a very unique chapter of Jamaica’s past.
On your tour of the town, you will get to see several 18th-century and early 19th-century buildings and historical houses including the Courthouse built in 1815, the Albert George Market building, the 17th century Anglican Parish Church, Fort Balcarres, Falmouth Post Office and the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church; the former headquarters of Jamaica’s anti-slavery movement. You will also have several other historic buildings in this historical town in Trelawny Jamaica to explore as well.
Rio Nuevo Memorial, St Mary
Rio Nuevo in St. Mary is a small, quiet area located near the resort town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This little known laid-back town that is often overlooked is a very important part of Jamaica’s history, as this was the site of the final battle between the British and Spanish to gain control of Jamaica. The battle of Rio Nuevo is the largest battle to be fought on Jamaican soil, and it lasted for two days in June 1658. This battle ended with the defeat of the Spanish.
When you visit this historic location, you will find the Rio Nuevo Memorial on the actual battlefield. This monument is dedicated to all the Jamaicans, both Africans and Spanish, who fought in the battle. On the monument, there is an inscription that reads “The stockade that once stood here was captured on the 17th June 1658 by Colonel Edward D’oyley and the English forces under his command after a gallant defense by Don Cristobal de Ysassi the last Spanish governor of Jamaica.”
So the next time you are in Jamaica, you should take the time to take in some of the island’s wonderful historical attractions and sights.