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The distinct feature of this parish is that it is made up of many ethnic groups of people.

Photograph of Port AntonioSt. Elizabeth is located on Jamaica's south west. It is to the west of Manchester, to the east of Westmoreland and to the south of St. James and Trelawny. It has an area of 1,212.4 sq. km with a population of approximately 144,000.

On the quiet side of Jamaica, St. Elizabeth boasts an incredibly diverse terrain. There are deserted beaches all along the southern coastline with picturesque fishing villages and small sandy coves hidden among the rocks. The Black River, Jamaica's longest river, is flushed through the Great Morass, a swampy marshland that is the largest wetland habitat in the Caribbean. Misty mountaintops of the Santa Cruz Range fall away sharply to the semi-arid savanna known as the Pedro Plain. To the north is the southern border of the Cockpit Country, an area of Karst topography where 17th Century runaway slaves found refuge and today remains unexplored and uncharted. St. Elizabeth has long been ignored as a tourist destination and the small farming and fishing communities still retain the flavor of 'old-time' Jamaica, making it a prime destination for the truly adventurous.

The distinct feature of this parish is that it is made up of many ethnic groups of people. The parish of St. Elizabeth can lay claim to Maroon, Dutch, Spanish, Indian, Mulatto and white inhabitants dating back from as early as the 17th century.


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