John Crow Mountains

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John Crow Mountains
John Crow Mountains is located in Jamaica
John Crow Mountains
John Crow Mountains
Jamaica
Elevation 3,750 ft (1,140 m)
Location
Range John Crow Mountains
Coordinates 18°03′13″N 76°21′17″W / 18.0534992°N 76.3546371°W / 18.0534992; -76.3546371Coordinates: 18°03′13″N 76°21′17″W / 18.0534992°N 76.3546371°W / 18.0534992; -76.3546371

The John Crow Mountains are a range of mountains in Jamaica. They extend parallel with the north east coast of the island, bounded to the west by the banks of the Rio Grande, and joining with the eastern end of the Blue Mountains in the southeast.[1] The highest point in the range is a little over 3,750 feet (1,140 m).[1]

The name John Crow first recorded in the 1820s [2] and comes from the Jamaican name for the turkey vulture. It has been suggested that previous to this, the range was known as the "Carrion Crow Ridge", after an earlier name for the vulture.[3] In 1890 the then governor Sir Henry Blake decreed that they be renamed the Blake Mountains but this did not stick.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica sheet N, 1967.
  2. ^ a b Higman, B W; Hudson (2009). Jamaican Place Names. B J (1st ed.). Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. pp. 89–90. ISBN 978-976-640-217-4. 
  3. ^ "Eager for Ecclesdown Road" at www.10000birds.com. Accessed 29 July 2011.