Montego Freeport, Jamaica - A historical perspective

by My-Island-Jamaica.com

Montego Freeport, Jamaica

Montego Freeport, Jamaica

Montego Freeport, Jamaica
Montego Freeport, Jamaica
Montego Freeport, Jamaica
SeaHorse Grill in Freeport, Montego Bay

After Christopher Columbus's second voyage westward across the Atlantic Ocean, he anchored briefly in 1494 in this area wich the Spaniards later named Manteca Bahia (Lard Bay).


Itw was so named becuase it was one of of the locations from which lard was exported to other Spanish territoriesin the region. It was not until the arrival of the British that the current name Montego Bay was given.

During the British Colonization of the island in the 1655, land grants were issued to British subjects including soldiers who had assisted with the conquest.

Records indicate that early settlements in St. James were established primarily along the coasts, near rivers and in valleys. This was significant to the export trade of sugar and other commodities.

This part of the coast assumed even greater importance to the development and sustainability of Montego Bay when the Bogue Islands, situated to the west of the bay, became the focus of a multi-million dollar development project.

This began in 1967 and resulted in the reclamation of 500 acres of land which is now known as Montego Freeport.

Today Montego Freeport includes shopping and resort complexes, along with commercial and recreational facilities.

It is a hub of development in the western city of Montego Bay. Its shipping piers afford cruise ship passengers a taste of life in Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica and known locally as the 'the complete resort'.

See also: History of Jamaica
Source: Jamaica Heritage Trail

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Jamaican Community Buzz.

Looking For Something Special? 

In most cases, we have what you are looking for. Just search the entire site using this Google Search bar (below).

Custom Search

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

wellesley gayle 2017

Was The Information Helpful?

Great! Please help me get the message out by sharing with your friends on social media (links below)

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

Need More Help?

We have a cherry list of top Jamaican companies that might be able to help you. Please click here to see them, our preferred partners and site sponsors.

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See

SEARCH THE SITE



Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Luna Sea Inn
Luna Sea Inn Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Did You Miss These?

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Vintage Jamaica Independence Song

    Sep 19, 17 12:10 AM

    QUESTION about Vintage Jamaica Independence song There is a song relating to how Jamaica became independent. It tells the story about Mr Norman Manley

    Read More

  2. Negril Resorts - A Cherry List Of Some Of The Best Hotels

    Sep 18, 17 07:27 AM

    Going to Negril? Unsure where to stay? Here is a list of the best Negril resorts and hotels. Pick your choice!

    Read More

  3. Pimenta Da Jamaica

    Sep 17, 17 07:37 PM

    What's the secret to world's best jerk? Yeah! Pimenta da Jamaica

    Read More

  4. Homes For Sale In Negril

    Sep 16, 17 11:16 PM

    Listings of homes for sale in Negril, plus types, locations and characteristics

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.