More places in Saint Ann

Moneague is an inland village in Saint Ann which figured prominently in the early history of Jamaica. The old mile posts in Parish of Saint Catherine used to give the distance between Spanish Town and Moneague. Moneague was a popular overnight spot to break the three-day coach journey between the north coast and the capital, Spanish Town. Moneague used to be famous for the high quality of its inns. The Moneague Hotel was built about 1890. At times visitors travelled by train as far as Ewarton and were met by the hotel carriage for the journey over Mount. Diablo. Later with widespread use of motor car, Moneague was no longer necessary as a stopping place and all the inns eventually closed. The Moneague Hotel is now a part of the Moneague Teacher Training College. Walton near Moneague is used as a training camp for the Jamaica Defence Force.


Ocho Rios is the English equivalent of this Spanish place name is Eight Rivers. However others claimed and this include Cundall(Cundall, historic Jamaica, p. 11) that Ocho Rios is a corruption of chorrera (spout) referring to the numerous waterfalls there and that the original name meant "Bay of the waterfalls."

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