JNHT Development Proposals
Castles across Jamaica
The words 'Once upon a time' and 'many years ago' are what come to mind when viewing any one of the several castle ruins across Jamaica. Connecting us to those who came before us, these heritage sites set wild the imaginations of the dreamers among us.
A castle is generally described as a fortress built to protect strategic locations from enemy attack or to serve as a military base for invading armies. Over time, the usage expanded. While some were used as military fortresses, others were unfortified palaces, mansions, or manor homes and served no military function.
In the Jamaica, the English and the Spanish, eager to recreate their respective homelands in the new colonies, erected such buildings using European designs and conventions. Given their high emphasis on defense, which was made necessary by the tumultuous social and political situation of the period, these plantation houses were fortresses protecting their owners within. Consequently, they became known as castles.
The JNHT owns several of these sites listed below and are in the process of clearing them, making them ready for visitors:
- Colbeck Castle Proposal
- Edinburgh Castle Proposal
- Stewart Castle Proposal
- Stokes Hall Great House Proposal
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