Montego Bay History

Montego Bay History (HM1QHO)

Location: Montego Bay, Saint James Parish
Country: Jamaica
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N 18° 28.715', W 77° 55.586'

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Fort Montego

The area was settled by the Taino. Columbus arrived in 1494 on the 2nd voyage, anchored in the bay and called it Golfo de Buen Tiempo or the Gulf of Good Weather. The Spanish used it to ship Manteca or Lard from the slaughtering of wild hogs. The name Montego is derived from the Bay of Lard or Manteca. The town played roles in the second Maroon War 1795-1796 and again in the 1831-1832 rebellions by the enslaved against slavery. Since the start of the 20th century it became a major international tourist destination.
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Date Added Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18Q E 190938 N 2045638
Decimal Degrees18.47858333, -77.92643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 18° 28.715', W 77° 55.586'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds18° 28' 42.9" N, 77° 55' 35.16" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fort St, Montego Bay Saint James Parish , JM
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