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Populus Negro

Alomo Negro: Populus Nigra

Have you ever read something and thought “Well, I never knew that!” I have and on a daily basis as well. Working on this Jamaica Villas Blog and announcing to the reading world about Negril and Villas Sur Mer I thought I knew pretty much everything about the place but, as it transpires, I don’t, I know very little.

Anyone reading this Blog would know that I trawl the Internet for items of interest for anyone staying at Villas Sur Mer in Negril and often I stumble on websites that area useful to me, well, I came upon Visit Jamaica.com and under the sections “Things to know” I read the following item of information:

Negril, a shortened version of “Negrillo”, meaning ‘little black ones’, was named by the Spanish in 1494. There are two theories as to how it got its name: Firstly, the black cliffs south of the village, and secondly, the large amount of black eels along Negril’s coast.”

I’m not too sure about that. I know that in the Spanish language “Negrillo” would refer to a small black person and I know that there is a race of dwarf people in parts of Africa but that is a long way from Jamaica, for my money’s worth, I would suggest Negrillo refers to the tree Alamo Negro, there are varieties in Jamaica and no doubt, there are some in Negril. I don’t buy the “little Black eels” theory as they are “Anguilas”  and the black cliffs? No, I don’t go for that either as they are Acantilados! I’m going for the tree theory, if I’m wrong, I’m sure you will let me know.

Never mind, there is plenty more items of interest on that site that would prove useful to any visitor to Negril or any of the guests at Villas Sur Mer. Take a look for yourself:Visit Jamaica.com