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Lucea - Hanover, halfway between Montego Bay and Negril
The costal town of Lucea is the capital of Hanover Parish. Lucea has a rich cultural history which is evidenced by the well preserved historic buildings. The Hanover Historical Society is actively involved in preserving and presenting the history of Lucea. The town is built around a natural harbour surrounded by hills on its three other sides. Nowadays Lucea is known for the bustling market and the cultivation of a local species of yam - the "Lucea Yam" which is favoured all over Jamaica. Visitors to Lucea can also check out historic buildings such as the Town Hall, Fort Charlotte and the Hanover Parish Church and learn more about the history of the area at the Hanover Museum.
History of Lucea
The town of Lucea is believed to be named after Christopher Columbus's son Luis The town became very busy with a thriving sugar trade; the town was even busier than nearby Montego Bay. Lucea soon attracted settlers from overseas with many Jewish people arriving from Europe and establishing a comprehensive services sector. Scottish Presbyterian missionaries also arrived in Lucea, establishing a strong Presbyterian presence in the area. Lucea became a free port and, after emancipation in 1834, became a large exporter of produce. The export of Bananas continued well in to the 20th Century but, in 1983, the port was finally closed.
Places of interest in Lucea
The Court House Fort Charlotte Hanover Museum
Hanover Parish Church
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