So much history, so much beauty
Moore town is a must go if in Port Antonio. A land with so much history and beauty is worth the hike. In the Blue Mountains is this town that's history dates back to Jamaica's beginnings. In the 1600s a number of the enslaved Africans in Jamaica escaped to various parts of the mountains and became known as the Jamaican Maroons. After approximately 80 years of warfare with Britain, the Maroons controlled a sizeable amount of the eastern parts of Jamaica. In response, the British conceded to their demands for freedom and recognized their autonomy. These lands are still home to succeeding generations of the original Maroons, some of which I actually meet! Queen Nanny (the Harriet Tubman of Jamaica's history in short) herself and her brothers blessed this land and you can feel it in the air. Get a taxi on the main road in Port Antonio, mention your going to Moore town, hop out anywhere along the trail, go for a hike and get a drink at one of the local bars. Getting a taxi back maybe tricky so leave before dark or get the taxi's number so maybe they can pick you up later.
By Chris U, AFAR Staff
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