Usain Bolt Statue in Falmouth

This year is the 250th Anniversary for Falmouth, that’s Falmouth Jamaica and not Falmouth UK from which this blog post is written.

In 2020 the parish of Trelawny’s capital, Falmouth, commemorates its 250th anniversary as a township. A statue of Usain Bolt, like the one at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica put up in 2017, will be erected in Water Square, Falmouth, Trelawney, Cornwall, Jamaica. The Jamaica Observer reported:

“For the people of Trelawny, a statue of Usain Bolt in Water Square to mark the 250th Anniversary of the capital, Falmouth, is a most fitting tribute to the parish and its most famous son who took Jamaica to heights not attained before in sprinting,” the sport minister said. 

Basil Watson, sculptor, working on the statue of Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica on 21 August 1986. Is a former sprinter and the fastest man of all time. He is the world record holder and multiple Olympic champion for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.

For the record, Bob Marley’s only child, Ky-Mani Marley, was also born in Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica, on 26 February 1976 and he is a Jamaican reggae and Hip-hop artist. Luther Loide Blissett born in Falmouth, Trelawney, Jamaica 1 February 1958. Was a former footballer who played for the England national team and later became a coach. 

Naming Falmouth & Trelawny 1770

Britain ruled over Jamaica from 1655 when it took over from Spain. By the time Sir William Trelawny arrived over 100 years later in 1765, there were 100’s of sugar plantations worked by 100,000’s of enslaved Africans.

The House of Assembly approved a new parish and named it after the Governor, Sir William Trelawny. The new capital after his birthplace, Falmouth, Cornwall, England. Trelawny was wealthy and thereby influential.  Trelawny left his mark and his ego on the land he governed.

Sir William Trelawny, 6th Baronet of Trelawne near Looe, Cornwall, England.

Just before his arrival in 1758, Jamaica was divided into 3 counties, Surrey to the east (where Kinston-upon-Thames in located in England. The capitol of Jamaica is Kingston), Middlesex in the central region and Cornwall, the most westerly.

Falmouth in the 1840s by Adolphe Duperly, left and map of the parish of Trelawny, right

Under Spanish rule, Martha Brae Point had been the capital of the area. Falmouth, Jamaica took over and became one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean.

Today Falmouth, Jamaica looks like this. Does it remind you of anywhere? Falmouth UK?

When the Spanish left Jamaica, the Africans they had enslaved took to the hills and controlled Jamaica’s interior, fighting troops sent against them. Compromise came after the First Maroon War with Cudjoe’s Treaty of 1739. Broken by the British in the Second Maroon War where 600 inhabitants of Cudjoe’s Town were shipped to Nova Scotia then Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1800.

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