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Ann's Bay was named "Saint Gloria" by Columbus, as the first sighting of the land. One and a half kilometres west of St.
Ann's Bay is the site of the first Spanish settlement on the island, Sevillawhich was established in and abandoned around because it was deemed unhealthy. Jago de la Vega, around at present-day St. The Irish in Jamaica also formed a large part of the island's early population, making up two-thirds of the white population on the island in the late 17th century, twice that of the English population.
They were brought in as indentured labourers and soldiers after the conquest of Jamaica by Cromwell's forces in The majority of Irish were transported by force as political prisoners of war from Ireland as a result of the ongoing Wars of the Three Kingdoms at the time.
Others were part of the Iberian colonisation of the New World, after overtly converting to Catholicism, as only Catholics were allowed in the Spanish colonies. ByJamaica had become a refuge for Jews in the New World, also attracting those who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal.
An early group of Jews arrived insoon after the son of Christopher Columbus settled on the island. Primarily working as merchants and traders, the Jewish community was forced to live a clandestine life, calling themselves "Portugals".
After the British took over rule of Jamaica, the Jews decided the best defense against Spain's regaining control was to encourage making the colony a base for Caribbean pirates. With the pirates installed in Port Royalwhich became the largest city in the Caribbean, the Spanish would be deterred from attacking.
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The British leaders agreed with the viability of this strategy to forestall outside aggression. The Jamaican Maroons fought the British during the 18th century. Under treaties of andthe British agreed to stop trying to round them up in exchange for their leaving the colonial settlements alone, but serving if needed for military actions.
The name is still used today by modern Maroon descendants, who have certain rights and autonomy at the community of Accompong.
During its first years of British rule, Jamaica became one of the world's leading sugar -exporting, slave-dependent colonies, producing more than 77, tons of sugar annually between and After the abolition of the international slave trade in the British began to "import" indentured servants to supplement the labour pool, as many freedmen resisted working on the plantations. After slavery was abolished, workers recruited from India began arriving inChinese workers in as many freedmen resisted working on the plantations.
Many South Asian and Chinese descendants continue to reside in Jamaica today.