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Rio Nuevo Village in St Mary - near Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Rio Nuevo

Rio Nuevo Village in St. Mary is the site of the final pitched battle between British and Spanish forces to determine possession of Jamaica. In 1658 it was the site of a clash between Spanish and British troops over who would possess the island. The Spanish defeat following five years of guerrilla warfare led by Spanish Governor Arnaldo de Isassi placed Jamaica definitively in English hands. Spain formally conceded Jamaica to England by the Treaty of Madrid in 1670.

The Beckford family who owned a significant portion of the property on which the battle took place, donated approximately one acre of this land to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT). The JNHT has currently given a License to the Rio Nuevo Heritage Foundation for its occupation, use and maintenance of this property.


The inscription on the Rio Nuevo battle site marker reads:
"The stockade that once stood here was captured on the 17th June 1658 by Colonel Edward D'oyley and the English forces under his command after a gallant defense by Don Cristobal de Ysassi the last Spanish governor of Jamaica."

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