The Battle of Las Chorreras
Dunn’s River Falls & Park is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s national treasures. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, which means “the waterfalls or the springs”.
The name “Las Chorreras” has been revised over time to “Ocho Rios” which means eight rivers, although there are only four rivers in the vicinity. These four rivers are known as, Cave River, Roaring River, Turtle River and of course Dunn’s River. These “Chorreras” as they were called are characterized as an endless flow and quick descent of water, with very swift cascades and waterfalls which flow straight into the Caribbean Sea.
Dunn’s River Falls has a very fascinating history. It is said to be the location of the legendary battle of “Las Chorreras”. This battle was fought in the year, 1657 and took place near Dunn’s River Falls between the English and the Spanish Expeditionary Force from Cuba. The battle was in fact for ownership of the island. The outcome of the battle was in favour of The English who won. Also under the leadership of the British, Charles Pryce was the first owner of “Las Chorreras”. It sometime after became a part of the 276 acres Belmont property. The Belmont property was attained by the Government in 1972 to make way for potential expansion of leisurely activities and park amenities.