History of Westmoreland Jamaica - Flat Cap Rum's Heritage
History of Westmoreland Jamaica
Westmoreland is a parish located on the western end of Jamaica, known for its sugar cane production, and it's one of the oldest parishes in the country. The capital is called Savanna-la-mar (Sav-la-Mar) the Spanish name Savanna-la-mar means “plain by the sea”.
The history of Westmoreland can be traced back to the 1655 when the British captured the island from the Spanish. The British began to establish sugar plantations in the area and brought servants to work on the plantations.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, sugar production was the main industry in Westmoreland, and the parish became one of the most prosperous areas in Jamaica. The sugar industry brought wealth and prosperity to the region, and many grand houses, and building were built during this time.
With the decline of the sugar industry in the 20th century, Westmoreland's economy shifted towards other industries, such as tourism and agriculture. Today, Westmoreland is known for its beautiful beaches, lush green mountains, and vibrant culture. The parish is also home to a number of historic sites and landmarks, including the Rose Hall Great House, which is a popular tourist attraction.
Westmoreland is also known for its rich rum heritage. The Hampden Estate, which is located in the parish, is one of the oldest and most renowned rum distilleries in Jamaica. It's one of the few remaining distilleries that still uses traditional methods of production, including the use of pot stills and the inclusion of high ester rums. This give to the Hampden rum a unique and distinctive flavour, that is highly valued by rum enthusiasts.
In recent years, Westmoreland has experienced an increase in real estate development, as more and more people are discovering the beauty and tranquillity of the area. The parish is also becoming a popular destination for eco-tourism, adventure tourism, and agro-tourism.
Westmoreland Jamaica is where the Flat Cap family roots stem and where our late father was born so naturally this parish has a deep and meaningful part of our heritage.