Early Settlements in Saint Ann

Seville was Sevilla Nueva (New Seville) of the Spaniards. It was founded by Juan D' Esquivel the first Spanish Governor of Jamaica who arrived in 1509 with instructions from Diego Colon (Christopher Columbus) to establish a colony there. The city of Seville was the capital of Jamaica for 23 years. It proved unhealthy and was abandoned in 1534 and a new capital city was constructed in Spanish Town.

Claremont was first known as “finger post.” it took its name from the first house there and the correct spelling is Clermont.

Runaway Bay is so named because it is claimed that this was the port from which Ysassi the last Spanish Governor left the island being pursued by the English. This made an end of Spanish occupation of Jamaica and the island was officially ceded to England by the Treaty of Madrid.


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