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Jamaica Pavilion

Jamaica's Pavilion on Ile Notre-Dame takes the form of a handsome 19th Century Jamaica country shop, representing one of the pleasant and characteristic facets of the island's past.

It is on Ile Notre-Dame, close to Expo-Express and Minirail stations.

The typical old Jamaica country shop had a quite particular character. From the island's Spanish colonnial past came the use of wrought iron, and from England's Surrey came the inspiration to build with beams massive but delicately aligned. Builders used to building ships borrowed from nautical construction. This Jamaica country shop is as authentic as time, patience and material allow.

It's a sight to warm the heart of any weary passerby, with a great wooden bar under black-hewed beams and cafe tables in quiet corners. Murals and artifacts illustrate island history - the days of Henry Morgan and Admiral Nelson.

In the courtyard are shrubs and flowers, and on the perimeter are thatched buildings reminiscent of sugar plantations. This feature world-famed Jamaican products encluding rum, cigars and Blue Mountain coffee. The message of this cosy corner of Man and his World is that Jamaicans today are just as light-hearted and hospitable as they were centuries ago.

( Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd. )

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