Pellew Island is not Monkey Island!
by David Walley
You are correct that Monkey Island is near Folly Ruins and that Hiram Bingham III imported the monkeys as a gift for his father-in-law and owner of Folly Estate, Alfred Mitchell.
But the monkeys were on Woods Island ( a.k.a. the real Monkey Island) which is part of Folly Estate and is several kilometers West of Pellew Island where you were, near San San, not Folly.
Keep up the good work but let's keep it real.
Very interesting viewpoint! I know this is a bit dated but I thank you for your feedback, the power of community!
For the benefit of my readers, I'll reference the article you responded to, which is this one.
In it, I 'chronicled' my two day vacation in Portland were we toured several areas, including the world famous Blue Lagoon! That was something else!
Anyway, back on point.
I really appreciate and value your information, especially since you appear to have exceptional local knowledge.
Can you do me a small favour though?
Since this is a fundamental viewpoint change from what we were advised by the locals as well as materials online (including the Jamaica Tourist Board's Website), can you please reference any material, resource or documentation you have for the benefit of my readers?
That would be awesome David!
I'd also be one of first to request the change by the Jamaica tourist board as well.
Thanks again for your feedback, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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