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November 27 2013

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de Cuba et de Iamaica by Alain Manesson Mallet
An extract showing Jamaica from an engraving in Mallet’s Description de L’Univers published by Thierry, Paris, 1683.

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Novissima et Accuratissima Jamaicae Descriptio by John Ogilby - 1671

Engraved by F Lamb, includes a table showing plantations, precincts and settlements on the island

This is the nifty old stamp's map.

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1680 map of Jamaica by Nicolaes Visscher

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November 26 2013

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Nieuwe Kaart van het Eyland Jamaica
door Herman Moll, 1710

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1572 map of Jamaica by Tomaso Porcacchi


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1562 map of Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola by Girolamo Ruscelli.

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A New & Accurate Map of the Ifland of Jamaica Divided into its Principal Parifhes Drawn from Surveys and Regulated by Astronomical Observations by Emanuel Bowen - 1747


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'LA JAMAIQUE AUX ANGLOIS …' and 'LA BERMUDE AUX ANGLOIS'. Two maps on one sheet, showing the islands of Jamaica and Bermuda. G. L. Le Rouge 1746

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A Correct Map of the Island of Jamaica by John Gibson, 1762

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A 1779 Italian map of Jamaica by Antonio Zatta.

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1822 map of Jamaica. Bonus: It Rasta Coloured, mon!

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A very simple map of Jamaica from Benedetto Bordone’s Isolario (The Book of Islands), printed in Venice in 1528.

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Nice map of Jamaica, mon. Mi nah recall where mi h’origin’ly find it.

September 18 2013

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I insist that my efforts to stifle my laughter were valiant. They were not, however, enough to appease the good Mr H.S. Archer, long-suffering husband, part-time welder and farmer extraordinaire as he and I spoke in Port Maria, St Mary.

"It not funny, man!" he snapped. I told him I agreed and that he should continue with the story.

'Arrow Man', as he is called by fellow residents, told me he was feeling burdened by the expectations placed on him by his quarrelsome wife. He seemed as if he needed to get it out, so I offered him a listening ear. As the tale unfolded, however, I found it hard to keep a straight face.

"Like when mi come home inna di night, mi want to eat mi dinner and relax likkle bit. Watch news and dem ting deh. But would she allow mi fi do dat? As mi come in she telling mi bout mi must go bathe. Yuh ever see anything like dat inna yuh life? Big, big man lakka mi," Arrow Man said. …

… “She never always so horrible, yuh know,” he said. “She go England go live fi four year and when she come back she just start ningy ningy inna mi ears every night. Mi caan badda,” he said.

There was a small bar across the road from where we were standing, and I noticed Arrow Man staring longingly at it. I asked him if he was thinking of drowning his sorrows in liquor.

"Well, mi would have a drink yes," he said. "But from the other day every time mi have a one drink this woman mek up noise. And now she tek up dis habit fi ah smell man like she ah police." …

   (via Arrow Man and his ‘ningy ningy’ wife - Lifestyle - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | September 17, 2013)

July 11 2013

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…I asked the gap-toothed bartender if mosquitoes were a major problem in that part of Portmore.

"Weh yuh really ask mi seh?" he said with dramatic flair. I told him I had always heard jokes about Portmore and mosquitoes, but I didn’t know if they were based on facts of any kind.

"Bredrin, if yuh lef yuh shoes outside ah night, mosquito tek it weh and gone. If yuh lef yuh clothes pon line, dem tek it and go sport," said Milton. I chuckled. “It nuh funny!" he said, pulling for a black plastic bag that had been resting at his feet. Out of it he pulled what looked like a tennis racket.

"Dis is the only ting dat save we in Portmore," he said. “Yuh use it fi zap di mosquito dem. Mind sharp everybody inna Portmore have one. Yuh haffi walk wid it like how yuh walk wid yuh shoes, else dog nyam yuh supper. Or mi should say, else mosquito nyam yuh nose." …

(via Mosquito country - Lifestyle - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | May 14, 2013)

May 04 2013

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