• Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrap_pile/3177934373/">cockpit country</a> by Justin Leonard<br />

Cockpit Country

Fifteen miles (24 km) inland from Mo'Bay is one of the most untouched areas in the West Indies: a terrain of pitfalls and potholes carved by nature in limestone. For nearly a century after 1655, it was known as the Land of Look Behind, because British soldiers nervously rode their horses through here on the lookout for Maroons, escaped slaves who refused to surrender to the invading English and who became guerrilla freedom fighters. Today their descendants live in this area, untaxed and virtually ungoverned by outside authorities. Most visitors to the area stop in Accompong, a small community in St. Elizabeth Parish. You can stroll through town, take in the historic structures, and learn more about the Maroons—considered Jamaica's greatest herbalists.


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