Cattawood Springs

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Cattawood Springs
Village; originally Maroon
Cattawood Springs is located in Jamaica
Cattawood Springs
Cattawood Springs
Coordinates: 18°04′00″N 76°26′00″W / 18.0667°N 76.4333°W / 18.0667; -76.4333Coordinates: 18°04′00″N 76°26′00″W / 18.0667°N 76.4333°W / 18.0667; -76.4333
Country Jamaica
Parish Portland

Cattawood Springs is a place in Portland Parish, Jamaica located at latitude 18 04' 00", longitude 76 26' 00".

Originally this was a Maroon settlement. Its name probably derives from the Twi word katá which means to cover conceal or protect.[1]

The original inhabitants left Cattawood in 1730 to join up with Cudjoe in Clarendon Parish. Firstly a group of one hundred men women and children went to join Cudjoe, and then the rest of community followed suit in small groups. They retained their name subsequently settling in Cotterwood in Saint Elizabeth Parish.[2]


  1. ^ A Dictionary of Jamaican English edited by F.G. Cassidy, R.B.Le Page accessed 18thFebruary 2007
  2. ^ The History of the Maroons from their Origin to the Establishment of their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone by Robert Charles Dallas, London 1802