On October 11, 1865, Paul Bogle led a riot that resulted in the Morant Bay Courthouse being burnt to the ground. In the end, 439 Black Jamaicans were killed by soldiers and 354 more, (including Paul Bogle and George William Gordon), were arrested and later executed.
When the Morant Bay Rebellion was over, there was a change in the form of government in the island with the establishment of Crown Colony rule. During the 1930s, labour unrest developed which gave rise to the formation of political parties – the People’s National Party (PNP) headed by Norman Manley and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by Sir Alexander Bustamante.
The History of the Seaford Town Community in Westmoreland
Seaford Town (German Town) in Westmoreland was founded in 1835 by a small group of German immigrants. Agriculture has always been the backbone of the economy. Today, the population of German descendants in Seaford Town has dwindled to about 50.
The Red-billed Streamertail hummingbird, commonly called the ‘doctor bird’, is Jamaica’s national bird. It is described in Ian Fleming’s book For Your Eyes Only as “the most beautiful bird in Jamaica”. Some say it is the most beautiful bird in the world.