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The Tharp Estates in Jamaica

Sugar slide, Potosi Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica (Photo: Peregrine Bryant)

At the time of writing, in the late 1950s, Alan Furness, a Research Student at Cambridge University and at the University College of the West Indies, was studying the economic history of the West Indies, particularly Jamaica.

Furness carried out extensive research in Jamaica, England, and Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and St. Kitts into the history of John Tharp’s acquisition and management of his sugar estates and other properties including Good Hope, Covey, Hawkerton, Llansquinet, Pantrepant, Potosi, Wales, Windsor, Dean’s Valley Water Works in St. Elizabeth, and Chippenham in St. Ann.

Furness’s account of how Tharp acquired and developed his extensive holdings along the length of the Martha Brae River in Trelawny and elsewhere – it was once said that a man could ride from one side of the island to the other and not leave Tharp land – is fascinating.

Download pdf here
The Tharp Estates in Jamaica by Alan E. Furness

Maps of the Martha Brae River area through the centuries
Craskell & Simpson, 1763
James Robertson, 1804
Jamaica 1:50,000, 1959

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