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Bump Grave: Port Antonio Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica

Bump Grave

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Mooretown is a Maroon Village founded in 1739 after the signing of the Peace Treaty with the English. The Wildcane River flows through the village eventually to become part of the Rio Grande. A beautiful setting. Bump Grave is the final resting place of "Nanny of the Maroons" a Jamaican National Hero and Chieftainess of the Winward Maroons.

A bridge crosses the Wildcane (Negro) River. Moore Towns school is the low rambling set of buildings on your left. More than a century old, it has an enrollment of about 300 children aged from 6 to 15 years. Bump Grave is across from the school, a simple stone monument wherein lies the body of National Hero Nanny, the founder of the town and legendary chieftainess of the Windward Maroons. Here, the flagpole flies the Maroon flag next to the Jamaican flag. Cornwall Barracks, another Maroon settlement, lies just across the river.

In 1739 Cudjoe, Nanny's brother, signed a peace treaty with the British. The Maroons thereby became the first group of blacks to succeed in gaining their freedom and having that freedom officially recognized. Nanny, at first refused to sign a treaty with the British but eventually agreed to a truce. Nanny's Maroons, after the truce, divided themselves into two groups one of which went with her Brother Quao to Crawford Town and the other group followed Nanny to a new settlement, New Nanny Town, now called Moore Town.

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