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Anguilla, British West Indies

 

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of Island 360
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Spotlight: Port Royal, Jamaica

Once known as the wickedest city on earth, I grew up hearing stories about the sinful city that was full of pirates and gold. Before it became the wicked city it was a tiny fishing outpost for the island’s indigenous Taino people.

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the fort’s defenses

The spanish who first captured the island and began settling it in 1509, used the area as a stopover for cleaning their ships. The British soon took over in 1655 and began building a  fortress upon realising the strategic position the area was. When completed and stocked, the fort had 500 men, 104 guns. During the 17th century, the port was basically the capital of the island and the infamous buccaneers carried their loot from the Spanish territories to be kept there.The most famous pirate of them all, and the one I grew up hearing stories about was Sir Henry Morgan.

 

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He’s a handsome one no?

(you can read more about him here and here)

Port Royal was an important economic centre by 1692, but on June 7th a terrible  earthquake destroyed most of the city. It was cut off from the main island and  a large section of the town sank into the sea. Many people died as a result but many also died from the illnesses and plagues that followed.The town was quickly rebuilt but a fire in 1703, and subsequent hurricanes in 1722 and 1736 saw a mass migration to the capital Kingston.

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The fortress

The port fell under the British naval control until 1905 when the British closed the dockyard. Earthquakes in 1907 destroyed much of port and the army left in the 1950’s.

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The Giddy House

Today not much is left of Port Royal. It is a small quiet fishing community with great seafood restaurants that my family and I still enjoy going to on Sunday afternoons. There is a guided tour on the city so you can see the historical sites and hear the good pirate stories. I remember going on school trips to Port Royal and my favourite place was the Giddy House. It was built in 1888 and stored artillery for the Victoria Battery. The Earthquake of 1907 shifted it to its present 45 degree angle so when you stand inside you get a “giddy” feeling.

The old hospital,the  Fort and St. Peters Church all have interesting stories to discover.

Please check out the Jamaica National Heritage Trust’s page on Port Royal for more info and also here is some info on guided tours.

 

 

 

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Images and information courtesy of:

Jamaica National heritage Trust

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Fortress

Sir Henry Morgan

Giddy House

 

 

Spotlight: Chattel Houses

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Chattel houses, which is a Bajan term for these houses, were built for ease of transport. where ever the former slaves could find work they would simply pick up and move….literally, the houses were built without nails and could be disassembled easily. They were placed on bricks (which also went along when they moved)

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Chattel house in Falmouth Jamaica

They are less common now as the houses do not stand up well in hurricane season. In Jamaica the rural communities have more chattel houses than in the urbanised areas but many are derelict. DSC_0362-1024x680

Today  people have added on additional rooms (and they are anchored with nails now of course)

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What it would have looked like

 

Personally I think Barbados has some of the most unusual and beautiful ones!

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Many have been repurposed into shops

 

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Former house turned barber shop

 

 

I would love to see the reemergence of these houses as they bring a quaint charm to any community especially if they are painted in vibrant colors

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To see and learn more about chattel houses please visit Chattel House website! they are on a mission to preserve these houses,now this is a movement that I will gladly join.

 

 

 

 

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images courtesy of Island Villas and Inside Journey and Jess Weikel on Pinterest

Indigo

Tucked away in the shelter of Cinnamon Reef, Little Harbor on the island of Anguilla, Indigo is the perfect size for a large family or friendly getaway.

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There are 1.5 acres of private property so there is ample room to escape for some quite time in this 20 bedroom villa.

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Indigo caters to kids as well and comes with:

  • Chef
  • Butler
  • Housekeeping services
  • Private security
  • Fitness center

Water sport equipment are available for kayaking off the private beach.

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The free-form pool and private gardens are have excellent views of the ocean and it comes with a barbecue pit (grilling while overlooking the stunning sea!)

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The main villa has seven bedrooms, and three bedrooms in the Court Yard Garden House

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Each of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and king size beds

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The layout and interior design enhances the natural surroundings and highlights the colors of the ocean

 

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(I’m already at peace here)

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Additional services include villa pre-stocking, outside excursions and activities, airport transfer, events, and spa treatments. Right now there is a 10% discount on the villa for the Christmas season, you can check the availability here, so go and book your vacation !

I would normally suggest to go and explore the wonderful islands whenever I do a post, but is there any reason to leave this place?

 

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