. . . cycling through Jamaica's history

early days:


There is evidence that, in the early 1870s, velocipedes were both being imported into Jamaica, and being made in the island. The evidence, however, is very sparse, and there are no contemporary pictures of these machines in Jamaica.

 It appears that some velocipedes were imported into Jamaica in the late 1860s. The firm of Alt. DeCordova & Co is shown here importing one from the USA in November, 1869.

 Daily Gleaner, November 25, 1869                            

Walter Henry Lewis, Velocipede maker:
Daily Gleaner, December 24, 1869
Walter Henry Lewis was the blacksmith who tried, in 1869, to develop a business making velocipedes, which seemed likely to become something of a craze.
He formed a partnership with a Mr DaCosta, under the title 'Central Factory', to manufacture velocipedes, alongside more traditional work with metals.
Daily Gleaner, October 5, 1871
Daily Gleaner, October 10, 1871
It is not clear that the business ever did particularly well, and there was certainly a problem with spelling the names for the new machine!

 Daily Gleaner, November 27, 1871

 It would appear, however, that the velocipede did not, in fact, catch on as well as the partners had hoped, and so the business was dissolved in 1873.

Daily Gleaner, January 30(?), 1873
Daily Gleaner, October 27, 1909

 When Mr Lewis died decades later there was no mention of velocipedes; his interest had been chiefly in marine engineering.