- Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Saint Andrew (
capitalHalf Way Tree) is a parish, situated in the southeast of Jamaicain the countyof Surrey. It lies northof Kingston, stretches into the Blue Mountains and at the 2001 census had the highest population of all the parishes in Jamaica. The Right Excellent George William Gordon(d.1865), one of Jamaica's seven National Heroes, was born in this Parish.
St. Andrew was one of the first parishes to be established by
lawin 1867. Before being established, it was known as 'Liguanea'.
St Andrew is located at coord|18|01|N|76|54|W|display=inline,title and covers an area of 455
km²(181 square miles). The parish lies just northof Kingston, bounded in the westby St. Catherine, northby St. Mary, northeast by Portland along the Blue Mountain range, and eastby St. Thomas. In 1923, the parishes of St Andrew and Kingston were administratively merged to form the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), with a single elected council and a mayor. The geographic area of the KSAC is often referred to as the "Corporate Area." The current mayor of KSAC is Desmond McKenzie.
Cross Roads, New Kingston, Half-Way-Tree, Matilda's Corner, and Constant Spring are important commercial centres in St. Andrew, but may be regarded as
suburbsof Kingston. West St. Andrew, however, is a populous residential area. Total populationof the parish is an estimated 540,715.
People related to Saint Andrew Parish
Augustus Pablo, Jamaicanmusician
Linford Christie, British athlete
Sean Paul, Jamaicanmusician
A lot of the parish is given over to
agriculture. Its principal products include coffee, mangoes, cacao, peas, beans, sugarcane, cattle; dairygoods, cigarand cigarette, vegetablesand ground provisions. To encourage the movement of Industrial Plants from the businessareas of Kingston, and to facilitate the establishment of new industries with local and overseas capital, the government has established an industrial estatein St. Andrew, bordering on Western Kingston.This Industrial Estate is over 1.2 km² (300 acres) in size. Gypsumis found in large quantities, in eastern St. Andrew, the largest deposits being in the area of Bull Bay, a mile and a half of the coast.
southof Papine, several miles northeast of Kingston is the University of the West Indies, occupying 2.6 km² (1 mile²) of the Liguanea Plain at the foot of Long Mountain. The College of Arts, Scienceand Technology, which has now become The University of Technology, Jamaica, is situated nearby.
Governor General's Residence at King House
*Vale Royal, The
Prime Minister's Residence,
* Modern commercial New Kingston Complex
Bob Marley Museum
*The National Stadium
Towns and villages
* [http://www.discoverjamaica.com/gleaner/discover/geography/polgol.htm Political Geography of Jamaica]
* [http://www.mfaft.gov.jm/Country_Profile/kingston_standrew.htm St Andrew]
* [http://reference.allrefer.com/gazetteer/S/S00565-saint-andrew.html Statistics]
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