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The Historic Spanish Town Square :: 'The Original Emancipation Park’

This specific area of Jamaica boasts arguably the most significant sites and monuments of the country’s history spanning the years of colonialism onward. Generally acclaimed to be the most impressive of its kind in the West Indies. While the town was of significance for the Spanish during their rule, the square gained its prestige from the English, who constructed in the area the Court House, the House of Assembly, Rodney’s Memorial and King’s House (the Governor’s official residence on the island).

In more recent times, the Square has become the site of The Jamaican Peoples Museum of Craft and Technology, which occupies the space of the former stables block of the English. The site hosts many of the island’s key artifacts ranging from items of the Amerindians through to the English. The Jamaica Archives is also located in the area.