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UWI Aqueducts Link to Jamaica's Past
You see them snaking through various sections of the University of the West Indies (UWI) MONA Campus in Kingston, Jamaica –– striking stone aqueducts some 300+ years old.

The ancient water system dates back to the 1700s; a time when the land upon which the campus now sits cultivated crops, not minds.

Back then, two sugar estates were based here –– Mona and Papine. The stone cut aqueducts carried water from the Hope River to power the sugar mills at both plantations, as well as the larger Hope Estate located further north.

Today, the aqueducts showcase a bit of Jamaica's history that I found most interesting while enjoying a relaxing walk here following a full day of meetings at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel just a few minutes drive away.