Brown's Town

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Brown's Town
Small market town
Brown's Town Market
Brown's Town Market
Brown's Town is located in Jamaica
Brown's Town
Brown's Town
Location in Jamaica
Coordinates: 18°23′31″N 77°22′1″W / 18.39194°N 77.36694°W / 18.39194; -77.36694Coordinates: 18°23′31″N 77°22′1″W / 18.39194°N 77.36694°W / 18.39194; -77.36694
Country Jamaica
Parish St Ann
Elevation 449 m (1,473 ft)
Population .[1]
 • Estimate (2009) 7,923
Time zone EST (UTC-5)

Brown's Town is one of the principal towns in St. Ann, Jamaica.[2] In 1991, its population was 6,762.[3][4] The town is a market and road center in an agricultural region.[3]


Brown's Town is located in northwest St Ann in the Dry Harbour Mountains.[5] The town is about 12.87 km (8 mi) from the island's north coast.[5] The ugli fruit was first discovered in 1914 growing wild near the town.[6]

One notable region is called Tobolski.[7]


Dr James Johnston who had been born in Scotland in 1851 arrived in Jamaica in 1874. He started his Jamaican Evangelical Mission in 1876. Johnston created nine churches but the base of his medical mission and his religious assemblies were in Brown's Town. Johnston became the political representative for St Ann's Parish before he left to explore Africa.[8] In the 1890s he took a team of Afro-Caribbean Jamaicans to England where they were equipped themselves to complete a 20-month journey of 4,500 miles through south central Africa. Their journey was photographed and described by a book published in 1893.

Brown's Town became significant as a market centre in the mid-19th century following the abolition of slavery.[citation needed]

Education, health, and recreation[edit]

Brown's Town is considered the educational capital of St. Ann.[2] Brown's Town Community College, located in the town, offers pre-tertiary and tertiary courses from the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies.[2] There are three secondary schools in Brown's Town: Brown's Town High School, St. Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls, and York Castle High School.[2]

In Brown's Town, there is a health centre and a public health service, as well as private medical services.[2] The St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital and the Alexandria Hospital also serve the town.[2]

Popular sports in Brown's Town include football, cricket, netball, track and field, cycling, and lawn tennis.[2]


  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brown's Town Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Brown's Town. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000 Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Brown's Town Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Brown's Town Archived August 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Lovell, Charles J. (February 1951). "Concerning the 'Ugly Fruit' and Other Citrus Hybrids". American Speech. Duke University Press. 26 (1): 35–37. JSTOR 453312. doi:10.2307/453312. 
  7. ^ "Tobolski Map — Satellite Images of Tobolski",
  8. ^ Robert A. Hill; Marcus Garvey; Universal Negro Improvement Association (1 January 1983). The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers: 1826-August 1919. University of California Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-520-04456-2. 

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