Trelawny Parish, Jamaica

Trelawny Parish in northwest Jamaica is known for its laidback atmosphere and as the birthplace of Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth. The parish is also known for its many sinkholes and limestone caves, including the Windsor and Carambi Caves known for their beauty and phosphate deposits. Several caves have carvings made by the Taino people many centuries ago.
This young Trelawny boy has just finished eating a mango and gazes peacefully at the tropical sky.
Photo © 2004 Jim Ingraham
Peace Corps Volunteer, Jamaica 2004-2005



Area 10,991 km2 (RANK 168)

Arable 15.8%

Capital Kingston (585 K)

Population 2,889,187 (263/km2)

Literacy 88%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

HIV/AIDS 1.7% (32,000 adults)

In poverty 17%

Military 0.6% of GDP (RANK 158 of 195)

Languages English, English patois

Religions Protestant 63%, Roman Catholic 3%, other 14%, none 21%

Gov’t Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy

GDP/capita $9,100

Agriculture sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, vegetales, poultry, goats, milk, shellfish

Industry alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, apparel, mineral fuels

PCVs 1962-present, current 62, TTD 3,771, education, community development, youth development

Focus word for 2014 - "Home"

English patois: yard (yaahd)

indigenous design from Jamaica

Copyright © Julie Olsen

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Cool Runnings.
Director: Jon Turleltaub (1993)

Rockers, 25th Anniversary Edition.
Director: Theodoros Bafaloukos (2005)

Also see review at Rotten Tomatoes
Director: Kevin Macdonald (2012)



From Harvey River, A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island
by Lorna Goodison, 2007
Book Description
Poet & daughter of a prominent Jamaican family contrasts her idyllic child­hood with the “hard life” in Kingston after her marriage.

Kids' Books

The Jacob Ladder
by Gerald Hausman & Uton Hinds
2001. 120 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617201974
Ages 9-12