Capital of Jamaica
The capital of Jamaica
is Kingston. If you look at the map of Jamaica
you will discover that the parish of Kingston is actually very small.
Indeed it is the smallest parish in Jamaica and popularly referred to
So small is it that the parish to the
north, east, and west, St. Andrew is often loosely referred to as the
capital as well. Many Jamaicans who say they live in Kingston
actually live in St. Andrew. It is this combination of Kingston and St.
Andrew (even the local government bodies are merged) that results in
Kingston being regarded as the largest city in Jamaica. When one refers
to the corporate area, it is to Kingston and St. Andrew.
The pictures of Jamaica you see below, are the works of well known
photographer Jeremy Francis
one of Paul's
two photo shoot partners (the other being Franz Marzouca
) for the
photos he has offered featuring Kingston and St. Andrew landmarks.
You will recall from your visit to Port Royal
that Kingston was born after Port Royal was destroyed by earthquake.
Kingston grew rapidly in importance and later became the capital of
Jamaica. Now Port Royal is a part of the city of Kingston and
its Plumbpoint Lighthouse guides ships into
centre of Kingston is a hub of activity. There is the centre of legal
enterprise, with the Supreme Court dominating King Street, the terminus
for the buses that come into the city from all over the island, St.
William Grant Park and Ward
Theatre making up the area known as Parade.
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Built in 1912 after the 1907 eathquake which stole the lives
of thousands of Kingstonians and demolished buildings, the Ward Theatre was a
gift from Colonel C. J. Ward.
Further north or uptown is New
Kingston, the nerve centre of business and entertainment
in the corporate area. At night the clubs in New Kingston are
the places to party.
Another well known national monument is Devon House
. A haven
to visitors and locals alike, Devon House is reputed to have been owned
by Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Stiebel. There you can
enjoy a beautifully resotred mansion, gourmet meals, Jamaican
arts and crafts and our famous Devon House Ice (S)cream.
The capital of St. Andrew
is Half Way Tree, the
shopping hub of the corporate area. A variety of malls and stores
abound along this busy thoroughfare famous for its clock tower which
replaced an old cotton tree.
The tree, the source for
this place name, according to the National Library of
halfway between the English soldiers' camp in Greenwich, St. Andrew and
their fort in Spanish Town.
stands tall in front of the National Stadium, St. Andrew,
stomping ground of Jamaica's champion track stars.
Inspired by the
performance of our quartet in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the Helsinki
Olympics in 1952, sculptor Alvin Marriott created this masterpiece. Not
far away another of his works, the bronze scuplture of our beloved
legend, Bob Marley,
takes centre stage. Time magazine designated his One Love
as song of the century.
We leave you with a well known landmark in another capital city.
Thirteen miles out of Kingston the current capital of Jamaica is
Spanish Town formerly St. Jago de la
Vega the old capital of Jamaica. It bears many
reminders of our Spanish and English government.
Here is a memorial to English naval officer George Rodney,
known as the Rodney