Jamaica awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status
Only one exotic location in the Caribbean has made it onto the exclusive UNESCO World Heritage site list year. Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow mountains have made it on to the list of the 27 newest members of the UNESCO World Heritage List, the only location across the Caribbean chosen this year.
The Blue and John Crow mountains, located in the south-east of Jamaica, made the list as a ‘New Inscribed Properties/Mixed property.’
The site, according to UNESCO, “encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region … which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (escaped African slaves).”
“They resisted the European colonial system in this isolated region by establishing a network of trails, hiding places and settlements which form the Nanny Town Heritage Route,” the description added. “The forests offered the Maroons everything they needed for their survival. They developed strong spiritual connections with the mountains, still manifest through the intangible cultural legacy of, for example, religious rites, traditional medicine and dances.”
The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean Islands with a high proportion of endemic plant species, especially lichens, mosses and certain flowering plants, added the listing.
The World Heritage List now includes 1,031 natural and cultural wonders that are considered to be places of “outstanding universal value.”
UNESCO has been adding sites to the World Heritage List since 1978.
Blue Mountain, Jamaica is now a UNESCO World