Berl Francis

Independent Historian

Communication specialist Berl Francis lives in Kingston, Jamaica.  She worked as a journalist in Jamaica and Montreal, Canada, and in public relations for over 40 years.  Francis operates a public relations consultancy, with emphasis on development support communication.

She has taught, at the University of the West Indies, Webster University in St. Louis, and in Thailand.  Her publications include  a report of a study on male socialization by the University of the West Indies called “ Why Man Stay So,” and contributed to a United Nations publication,  “HIV & AIDS: The Global Interconnection,” Currently she writes on communication, particularly relation  to human and labour relations issues.

Castries, St. Lucia (1650 – )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Castries, capital of St. Lucia, is also the largest city on the island.  The latest estimates show its population as about 20,000.  St. Lucia with a total population of 163,362 (July 2014 est.) is part of the Windward Islands chain which … Read MoreCastries, St. Lucia (1650 – )

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1722- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” The compact city of Kingstown is the capital of the eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  It is also a major port city for the Windward Islands, a chain of Caribbean Islands that includes locales beyond St. … Read MoreKingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1722- )

Barbados Bridgetown (1828- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Bridgetown is the capital and commercial center of Barbados.  It is also the island’s only city. In 2014 more than 110,000 people called Bridgetown home.  It is the cultural, political, and economic heart of this Caribbean island nation of 284,664 (2013). … Read MoreBarbados Bridgetown (1828- )

Belmopan, Belize (1970- )

“Image Ownership:Public Domain” Belmopan, capital of the Central American country of Belize, is a relatively new city, having assumed premier city status in 1970, succeeding the centuries old former capital, Belize City. Belize was formerly the British Colony bearing the name, British Honduras. Belmopan is … Read MoreBelmopan, Belize (1970- )

Belize City, Belize (1638- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Belize City is the largest city in the Central American country of Belize. This city of 57,179 people is located on a small peninsula protruding into the Caribbean Sea. As home to local courts and most government officials it was the de facto capital city … Read MoreBelize City, Belize (1638- )

Reggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)

Reggae Sunsplash Poster, 1979 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Reggae Sunsplash, founded in 1978 to promote a slow summer tourist season in Jamaica, was the first Caribbean music festival to introduce reggae to a global audience. The idea of the festival originated with a group of … Read MoreReggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)