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Liguanea (/ˈlɪɡən/ LIG-ənee) is an area of the island of Jamaica. Its name came from the language of the Yamaye people[1] who currently inhabit some of the island's rural areas in Cornwall County.[2][3] and named it after the iguana lizard that is endemic to the island, and an important source of food for the Yamaye.

Geographically, the Liguanea Plains are the fertile flat lands of alluvium spreading south towards Kingston Harbour, but the area known as Liguanea is only a small part of the Kingston Corporate Area, a section of the parish of St Andrew. From a socioeconomic point of view, Liguanea is the name of a distinct commercial district: east to west, between Half-Way-Tree (up to Jamaica House) and Papine (at UTech's front gate); north to south, between Millsborough (Barbican Road) and New Kingston (Mountain View Road to Trafalgar Road).

The heart of the Liguanea suburban commercial district is Matilda's Corner, the only intersection of Hope and Old Hope Roads. Activities here serve the immediate neighbourhoods as well as the adjoining area of Papine. The origin of the name Matilda's Corner is unknown. Enclosing residential areas include Mona, Wellington, Mona Heights, Hope Pastures, Trafalgar Park, and Beverly Hills. The "small communities", also known as ghettoes or "deep urban areas", nearby are Sandy Gully, Stand Pipe and Chambers Lane/Air Pipe.


Following the English invasion of Jamaica Lt.-Colonel Henry Archibold established a regimental plantation, using the labour of soldiers under his command to develop “one of the best plantations in the island” (Commander William Brayne).[4]:136

Hope Estate

Richard Hope, a member of the English Army, founded the Hope Estate in the 1660s. It was first a cattle-mill. Given permission to operate a watermill along Hope River to grind sugar cane in 1752, it became a sugar plantation. It was called the Hope Plantation. The estate grew and in 1826 it was called Hope Estate.[5]

Hope Botanical Garden and Zoo

The Hope Botanical Garden and Zoo, located on Old Hope Road, includes a botanical garden, orchid house, and stone aqueduct. There is also a children’s amusement park and a zoo. It is located on what was formerly the Hope Estate. In 1881, the government acquired the land and laid out the gardens. In 1953, the Royal Botanical Gardens were formed for a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.[6] The Botanical Gardens are the largest in the Caribbean.[7]

Places of interest


The following places are within three miles of Matilda's Corner:


The Caribbean Airlines/Air Jamaica office is in Liguanea.[9]

Places to see and things to do



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  2. ^ Madrilejo, Nicole; Lombard, Holden; Torres, Jada Benn (May 2015). "Origins of marronage: Mitochondrial lineages of Jamaica's Accompong Town Maroons". American Journal of Human Biology. 27 (3): 432–437. doi:10.1002/ajhb.22656. ISSN 1520-6300. PMID 25392952.
  3. ^ "'I am not extinct' - Jamaican Taino proudly declares ancestry". 5 July 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ Otremba, Eric (2012). "Enlightened Institutions: Science, Plantations, and Slavery in the English Atlantic, 1626-1700". University Digital Conservancy. University of Minnesota.
  5. ^ B. W. Higman (2001). Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. University of the West Indies Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-976-640-113-9.
  6. ^ Harry S. Pariser (1990). Jamaica: A Visitor's Guide. Harry S. Pariser. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-55650-253-8.
  7. ^ Douglas Stallings (24 August 2010). Jamaica. Fodor's. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4000-0446-1.
  8. ^ "DanceJA – Dance Jamaica Academy". I Love Dancehall. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Corporate Offices Archived 12 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine." Caribbean Airlines. Retrieved on 11 March 2016. "128 Old Hope Road Liguanea, Kingston 6"