My Jamaican Voyage

by David Dossett
(Kingston, Ontario Canada)

United Fruit Company building at Port Morant

United Fruit Company building at Port Morant

United Fruit Company building at Port Morant
Boat on the beach
Me as Rasta Man!
at the banana plantation

Jamaica50 Entry #24 -My Jamaican Voyage



Last September I had a trip to Jamaica that was truly unique. It was a voyage to the past - a journey to uncover my family's roots.

I knew that my grandfather and his family had lived in the May Hill-Alligator Pond area and that they came to Canada in 1907, but I did not know that they had moved to Kingston just a few years before the great earthquake of 1907. I discovered that on my trip.

I also discovered that the United Fruit Company building at Port Morant was still standing. This was the last piece of Jamaican soil that they set foot on - never to return again!

The whole experience was overwhelming and I was often in tears. All of it was filmed by the crew of The Generations Project, a TV show on BTUTV. You can see the episode online here.

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