On this day in Jamaican History: Jacob DeCordova, Jewish Jamaican founder of the Jamaica Daily Gleaner

On June 6, 1808, Jacob DeCordova, the Jewish Jamaican who founded the Jamaica Daily Gleaner newspaper was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. His mother died during childbirth and he was raised by an aunt in England. His father, a Jewish Jamaican coffee grower and exporter, moved to Philadelphia and was later joined by his son Jacob who married Rebecca Sterling and later learned the printing trade. He subsequently moved back to Kingston in 1834 where along with his brother Joshua they started the Kingston Daily Gleaner. Learn more about Mr. DeCordova.