Castleton, St Mary Parish, Jamaica — Caribbean Region of the Americas (Greater Antilles of the West Indies)
The Castleton Botanical Gardens Story
Castleton Botanical Gardens Story
Jamaica's indigenous people, the Tainos, named the island 'Xayamaca,' Land of Wood and Water. Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494, and the Spanish settled and ruled for 150 years. They developed sugar cane and brought enslaved Africans to cultivate the fields. In 1655, England captured Jamaica. When the Spaniards fled, their enslaved escaped into the mountains to form groups of freedom fighters called Maroons, who still inhabit the Castleton area. The English were forced to grant the Maroons self-government. Slavery was abolished in 1834. Colonel Castle donated 30 acres of his sugar plantation to the Jamaican government. On November 29, 1862, Castleton Botanical Gardens was established.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical date for this entry is November 29, 1862.
Location. 18° 10.311′ N, 76° 49.418′ W. Marker is in Castleton, St Mary Parish. Marker can be reached from Route A3, on the left 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. Welcome to Castleton Botanic Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Castleton Botanical Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Castleton Botanical Formal Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Castleton Botanical Gardens (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. 16.5 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.
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 73 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.