Lucea is a costal town about halfway between Montego Bay to the east and Negril to the west. It is the capital of Hanover Parish, Jamaica's smallest parish, and was founded in 1723. The town is built around a natural harbour surrounded by hills on its three other sides. Today Lucea is known for its bustling market and the cultivation of a local species of yam - the "Lucea Yam". The town of Lucea is believed to be named after Christopher Columbus's son Luis. Early in its history the town became very busy with a thriving sugar trade.  Later Lucea became a free port and, after emancipation in 1834, it became a large exporter of produce. The export of Bananas continued well in to the 20th Century but, in 1983, the port was finally closed.