Category Archives: Jamaica: The Island

What Freedom, Jamaica?

The Black Man rises like smoke in the shadows to smother the institutions that blocked His vision. See, we call them heroes, and honour them as such, but I call them sacrifices as they died fighting the good fight for the one thing that eludes us as a people. Freedom, no, we have none in this whitewashed world.

The colonist man gave us the key to our shackles, but we never learned to unlock the chains that grow heavy on our minds; oh, we lost the same battle that sent our forefathers to war.

What Freedom, Jamaica?

Marcus Garvey hypothesized and philosophized about the roots that have lost its ground; but see? More than a century later his words still hold true as we have lost sight, the ship has sailed; Jamaica, we continue to lose the fight.

Dirty money is being thrown in our faces to keep our brothers in shackles; the millions of pounds feels like millions of pounds on our shoulders as you, our colonizers, forgetters all, take the burden off of yours.

What Freedom, Jamaica?

Our heroes, those sacrificial lambs, fought to preserve our history, our heritage, our pride, our skins; so forgive me if I fail to see the fruit of their labour as we bleach our skins

Pale to compare with the tyranny forced upon us so long ago. Have we forgotten, as they asked us to, even after Nanny, Daddy Sharpe, and Paul Bogle faced persecution? Have we forgotten our mulatto brother, George William Gordon was hanged for his fight for his preferred heritage? Have we forgotten the vision of Bustamante, Garvey and Manley for a country oppressed constantly by colonial ills?

Again I ask, What Freedom, Jamaica?

Our memories should be kept fresh by the repeated enslavement of our own leaders who work so hard to keep us down. Politics, those poli-ticks, use their poli-tricks that get more and more scripted, predictable, as we continuously feel the brunt of a nation oppressed. Afflicted with negative images of self by themselves, makes you think if we’ve really come far at all.

Heroes? May you all rest in peace. For me? I’m out of breath, as I witness our good people running for too long, and we join in the race. The finish line gets further and further as victory slowly eludes us.

What Freedom, Jamaica?

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Jodi-Ann is a Master of Arts in Geography candidate in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

**All images acquired from external sources. I do not own these images.

Clarendon

800px-Clarendon_in_Jamaica.svgLocated in south central Jamaica, Clarendon is one of Jamaica`s oldest parishes. Clarendon has a history of passing through the hands of the original inhabitants – the Tainos – along with other groups that occupied the island, including the Spanish, English and Africans.

Clarendon is a very rural parish and offers a very quiet atmosphere, for those in  need of a getaway. The geography of the parish allows for several cays, bays and rivers – the most popular being Milk River. The Milk River Spa is a mini tourist destination, as it is believed that the Milk River possesses healing properties.

May Pen, Clarendon’s capital, is the hub/centre of the parish and this is where most of the economic activities take place. Additionally, the parish is abundant in bauxite resources (where we get our processed aluminium products) and therefore hosts one of the larger bauxite/alumina plants in Jamaica.

 

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*I do not own any of the photos. Photos acquired for demonstration purposes only.

 

Jodi-Ann is an Environmental Studies major in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Manchester

200px-Manchester_in_Jamaica.svgThe parish of Manchester is one of Jamaica’s most recent parishes, formed only in the 19th Century out of the parish formerly known as Vere along with St. Elizabeth and Clarendon.  Manchester has a very short history leading up to the abolition of slavery and into the 20th Century.

Manchester is known as Jamaica’s most elevated parish. The majority of the parish rests on a plateau and there are no major rivers that occupy the parish. Additionally, Manchester has the shortest coastline of all the parishes. The elevation serves as both a benefit and as a deficit. The major benefit is having exceptionally cool conditions throughout most of the year. However, there are frequent droughts and dry seasons due to the absence of a fresh water supply.

It’s no surprise that the parish has the title of the most mountainous parish (though it is not home to the highest mountain range); there are three mountain ranges in this one, medium-sized parish. And since the parish has a large deposit of Limestones, it is also no surprise as to the number of caves that exist

Gourie Cave Photo Courtesy: Jamaicancaves.org

Gourie Cave Photo Courtesy: Jamaicancaves.org

within the parish. Some of the Caves include The Abbey Cave, The Oxford Caves and the Coffee River Cave. Topographically, the parish is very rugged and hilly, but it offers some of the best views of some other parts of the island.

The major economical activities include Bauxite Mining,  Agriculture, Small Businesses (including wholesale and retail), and Horticulture – which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Fun Things to Do

  • Go Explore a Cave (literally! You have lots to choose from!)
  • Visit the Pic-a-Peppa factory on Shooter’s Hill
  • Go sight-seeing on Spur Tree Hill or Off Shooter’s Hill (or off Pen Hill, or… you get the point! 🙂 )
  • Visit the Pioneer Chocolate Factory (No Willy Wonka here!)
  • Martin’s Hill Orchid Sanctuary ( Oh look! Another hill!)
  • Attend a Horticultural Show
  • Visit Yam Hill for your roast yam and salt fish

 

Sources

National Library of Jamaica

Jamaica Information Service