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It stands proudly, literally in the heart of the city at Sam Sharpe Square. But what do you know of it? What is it's purpose? What makes it significant?
Today, I'll take a quick look into the history of the cage in Montego Bay.
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A bold historic stone structure in the heart of Montego Bay, the Cage was built in 1806 and was originally used as a temporary lockup for runaway slaves, disorder seamen and other so called vagrants. [ See history of Jamaica ]
Initially, the Cage was made of wood, but it is said that it was so badly damaged by its occupants that a stone structure had to be built to replace it.
In 1811 a belfry was also installed.
This bell was rung as a warning for the country slaves to leave town! It was rung at 2:00 pm and again at 3:00 pm, after which any so called, vagrant blacks, found on the streets were locked up!
Another dark side of our history ... sigh.
See also: Historical sites in Jamaica
Since the days of slavery, the Cage has served many purposes.
It has been...
Today, it is a frequent stop for visitors to Montego Bay who are interested in the history and heritage of the city.
It is included a part of what is called the Montego Bay City tour by most tour operators. [ See best Jamaican tour guide ]
The following are some of the most recognizable hotels near the CAGE
Please note that they are not in any particular order, and also that they are of different star ratings.
From my knowledge of the area, these are the most popular restaurants that are near to the Cage
and of course,
Outside of the Cage itself, the following are other attractions, places to visit, and things to do (of various types) you may want to consider while you are in the general vicinity of the Cage.
For other attractions and activities in Montego Bay, click here.
Be sure to also read my article on top questions (and answer) about Montego Bay.
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