After slavery was abolished in Jamaica in 1834, many of the island’s planters feared there would be a shortage of labor. One of the measures devised to address the issue was to create a European settlement. Lord Seaford, who then owned Montpelier Estate and Shettlewood Pen in St. James, was responsible for bringing some 1,000 Germans to work in Jamaica. These people were promised a house, land, and a job. The Seaford Town Villa was once a convent, and the township was established on 500 acres. Some of the town’s older buildings show evidence of German architecture, and most of the residents are still Catholic as were the original settlers. The town features a museum with information and displays relating to its founding.
About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.
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