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Introducing Morant Bay

Morant Bay, the town that played a pivotal role in Jamaica’s history (see p000), squats on a hill behind the coast road. These days, it’s a nondescript place with a lively central market, its sugar-producing heyday long behind it. Most of the town’s early colonial-era buildings were burned in the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865, led by the town’s national hero, Paul Bogle, but a couple of gems remain.

October 11 is Paul Bogle Day, when a party is held in the town square and a 10km road race sets out from Stony Gut.