Porus, Jamaica

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Porus is located in Jamaica
Coordinates: 18°01′56″N 77°24′46″W / 18.0321582°N 77.412715°W / 18.0321582; -77.412715Coordinates: 18°01′56″N 77°24′46″W / 18.0321582°N 77.412715°W / 18.0321582; -77.412715
Country Jamaica
Parish Manchester
Founded 1840
Founded by James Phillippo
Elevation 143 m (469 ft)
Population .[1]
 • Estimate (2009) 6,003
Time zone EST (UTC-5)

Porus is a village in Manchester, Jamaica. It overlooks a plain to the south with hills behind it to the north.[2] A tributary of the Rio Minho runs parallel to the main road, helping to keep the atmosphere cool.[2]


Porus was founded 1840 by the missionary James Phillippo as a free village for ex-slaves following emancipation.[2] It was his sixth such village.[2] It was originally called Vale Lionel after the then Governor of Jamaica, Sir Lionel Smith,[2] but was soon renamed "Porus" most probably after the porous soil in the vicinity.[2]

In its early days, its population was very small although it boasted a large coffee market.[2] It is now a thriving community of predominantly small farmers and artisans.[2]



Porus is on the A2 road which runs from Spanish Town in south central Jamaica to Savanna-la-Mar on the south west coast.[3]


From 1895 to 1992 Porus was served by Porus railway station on the Kingston to Montego Bay line. Although all services on the line have ceased, the extensive (for Jamaica) station buildings remain.[4]

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There are two schools, churches, a post office, a police station, a comprehensive health clinic, and various small retail outlets.[2][3]

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