Emancipation/Independence Give-Away!

Get your very own Jamaica 50 glasses and Jamaica flag in this week's Jamaican Echoes Give-away!

It’s Give-Away time on Jamaican Echoes!!! The first two persons to answer the following question correctly will each win a pair of Jamaica 50 shades and a paper Jamaica flag!


11 Facts about Nanny of the Maroons You May Not Have Known

Two other artistic renderings of National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons. (Source: JIS)

Do you know the FACTS about Jamaica’s only national heroine, Nanny of the Maroons? As the 174th anniversary of the full Emancipation of the enslaved people of Jamaica approaches (full Emancipation was granted on August 1, 1838) I’ll be writing several posts on the historical events that propelled this to eventually happen and to look at the persons who fought to end this abominable practice.

While Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica’s only National Heroine, and her resistance activities against the British and the institution of slavery, occurred during a much earlier period in our history, as the Hon. Prime Minister, Michael Manley, declared in October 1975 when announcing Nanny and Sam Sharpe as National Heroes: “we should never forget the earlier history that preceded the fact of Emancipation” (The Sunday Gleaner, October 19, 1975, pg. 1).


5 Ways Jamaican Echoes’ Facebook & Twitter Pages Enhances Your Jamaican History Tours

Snapshot of Jamaican Echoes' Facebook page,

Dear Jamaican Echoes Readers:

It’s been a pleasure providing you with tours of Jamaica’s unique history, culture and heritage these past 2 years. I’m on a road of discovery myself with many of the topics I research and write about, and I am very happy that you, my regular readers, are along for the ride.

Why not continue the discovery with Jamaican Echoes’ Facebook and Twitter pages?


National Honours & Awards Established on July 18, 1969

Jamaica's Orders of the Societies of Honour (Source: Jamaica Information Service)

On July 18, 1969, the House of Representatives passed the National Honours and Awards Act effectively establishing Jamaica’s National Honours and Awards programme. This Act made it possible for the nation to recognize those who, by their service and contribution, had a meaningful and significant impact on national life.


Did You Know? … Former Dependencies of Jamaica: Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands

Map of Caribbean highlighting the locations of the The Cayman Islands and The Turks and Caicos Islands (Source:

Did you know?: The Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands were once dependencies of Jamaica. The Cayman Islands became a dependency of Jamaica in 1863 while the Turks and Caicos Islands became a dependency of Jamaica in 1873. Both countries decided to remain British colonies when Jamaica gained its independence on August 6, 1962.


St. William Grant Park in Kingston … Who was St. William Grant?

This is one of the water features in the St William Grant Park (Source: Jamaica Gleaner)

Have you ever been to DownTown Kingston and traveled around Parade? Yes, that area at the centre of Kingston – an area that was once used to house military barracks before these were moved to Up Park Camp in the mid-18th century – with that lovely park that somehow people have either forgotten or are totally ignorant (and not the fault of many) of the historical significance of this park.

This is the place of interest in today’s blog post, especially focusing on the person after whom the park was named. This piece of green and beauty in the centre of Kingston is called St. William Grant Park, and is named after the notable labour leader and Black nationalist, St. William Grant.


My Photos from the JDF Military Tattoo 2012

My directions card and ticket to the Military Tattoo 2012.

Hey Folks:

As I’d promised in my last post The JDF Military Tattoo? Mi Haffi Di Deh! I’ve posted 31 photos from the last day of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Military Tattoo 2012, held between June 28 – July 1, 2012. Please forgive the quality of the majority of the photos. Where I was seated did not provide me with a good vantage point to take proper pics.

The photos are up on Jamaican Echoes’ Facebook page. Here’s a sneak peak: