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Castleton, St Mary Parish, Jamaica — Caribbean Region of the Americas (Greater Antilles of the West Indies)
 

Castleton Botanical Gardens

 
 
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Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 23, 2022
1. Castleton Botanical Gardens Marker
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Castleton Botanical Gardens
In 1787, Captain Bligh took command of the Bounty and sailed to Tahiti to obtain breadfruit trees. The infamous Mutiny on the Bounty occurred and the ship never reached the Caribbean. After Bligh's exoneration, he remained in the Royal Navy. From 1791 to 1793, he successfully sailed with breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. Today breadfruit is a popular food in Jamaica. During the voyage Bligh collected samples of the Ackee fruit of Jamaica, introducing it to the British Royal Society. The ackee's scientific name Blighia sapida was given in honor of Captain Bligh.
 
Erected by US Agency for International Development (USAID).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
 
Location. 18° 10.334′ N, 76° 49.426′ W. Marker is in Castleton, St Mary Parish. Marker is on Parish Route A3, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Castleton Botanical Gardens (a few
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steps from this marker); Welcome to Castleton Botanic Gardens (a few steps from this marker); Castleton Botanical Formal Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Castleton Botanical Gardens Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Palmetum (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Wag Water River Walk (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Barbecue at Cold Spring Estate (approx. 16.6 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); Bob Marley (approx. 17.6 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castleton.
 
Also see . . .  Captain William Bligh at Wikipedia. Second breadfruit voyage
After his exoneration by the court-martial inquiry into the loss of Bounty, Bligh remained in the Royal Navy. From 1791 to 1793, as master and commander of HMS Providence and in company with HMS Assistant under the command of Nathaniel Portlock, he undertook again to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. He also transported plants provided by Hugh Ronalds, a nurseryman in Brentford. The operation was generally
Castleton Botanical Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 23, 2022
2. Castleton Botanical Gardens Marker
successful but its immediate objective, which was to provide a cheap and nutritious food for the African slaves in the West Indies islands around the Caribbean Sea was not met, as most slaves refused to eat the new food. During this voyage, Bligh also collected samples of the ackee fruit of Jamaica, introducing it to the Royal Society in Britain upon his return. The ackee's scientific name Blighia sapida in binomial nomenclature was given in honour of Bligh.
(Submitted on June 26, 2022.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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