Today’s 5 facts are taken from The Gleaner series Pieces Of The Past written By Dr. Rebecca Tortello-Greenland (which is now available as a book).
- In 1664, the British divided the island of Jamaica into 7 administrative units and called them parishes. They were: Clarendon, St. John’s, St. Andrew’s, St. Katherine’s, Port Royal, St. David’s and St. Thomas in the East.
- Kingston was formed one year after the devastating 1692 earthquake that destroyed much of Port Royal.
- The Bath Botanical Gardens was the second botanical gardens to be developed in the western hemisphere (the oldest is on St. Vincent).
- Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth is named after its original owner, James Appleton.
- The spice, Pimento, is indigenous to Jamaica.
For more about any of these facts, explore Beautiful Land on diGJamaica.com