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Morant Bay (St. Thomas)

Saint Thomas is a very mountainous area located south of Portland, and east of Kingston/St. Andrew with an area of 742.8 square kilometres (286.8 sq mi ranking as Jamaica’s ninth-largest parish.



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The highest elevation in St. Thomas peaks at 730 metres (2,394 ft) above sea level with the Blue Mountains forming the northern border of the parish.

 


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Saint Thomas was densely populated by the Taíno/Arawak when Christopher Columbus 1st “discovered” the island in 1494.

( Did we mention the “densely populated” part?
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Later, after evading the Spanish Conquistadors & waging war against the British Privateers & Redcoats – bands of Maroons (escaped African slaves) settled in the mountains of St. Thomas.

In the 18th century they joined forces with Maroons from Portland to form the Windward Maroons.

In 1865, Morant Bay was the site of the Morant Bay Rebellion, led by Jamaican national hero Paul Bogle (hanged for leading the uprising) in a very significant event in Jamaica’s struggle for freedom from colonial rule.

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In addition to its highlands, the parish also contains large wetlands areas along the coast between Morant Bay and Hector’s River.

Additionally, there are many cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and rivers – like the Plantain Garden River – the only one on the island to flow eastward!



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Cities, Towns & Districts in Saint Thomas Parish
Town or District City / Parish Population (Approx.) GPS Coordinates
Bath Morant Bay / St. Thomas 2,151 17.95°N 76.35°W
Easington Morant Bay / St. Thomas 2,378 17.92°N 76.60°W
Trinity Ville Morant Bay / St. Thomas 2,614 17.95°N 76.53°W
Dalvey Morant Bay / St. Thomas 2,742 17.90°N 76.25°W
Golden Grove Morant Bay / St. Thomas 2,761 17.93°N 76.27°W
Seaforth Morant Bay / St. Thomas 4,108 17.93°N 76.45°W
Yallahs Morant Bay / St. Thomas 6,902 17.87°N 76.57°W
Morant Bay Morant Bay / St. Thomas 9,602 17.87°N 76.39°W
Port Morant Morant Bay / St. Thomas N/a 17°53’26.2″N 76°19’37.5″W
Airy Castle Morant Bay / St. Thomas N/A 17°55’18.3″N 76°20’48.7″W
Hagley Gap Morant Bay / St. Thomas N/A 18°01’01.1″N 76°37’08.3″W

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