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How a Backpacking Traveler became the 1st Jamaican Rasta

As Backpackers, we are all familiar with the personal growth that travel brings, and travel had quite the same effect on the very 1st Jamaican Rasta, Leonard Percival “Gong” Howell.

Born to Anglican (Episcopal) parents in the hills of Clarendon in 1898, Leonard P. Howell left Jamaica at age 14 to live with relatives in New York, but by age 18 he was already leaving Panama to join the British Regiment during WW1.

Two years later, at age 20, he returns to New York – this time working as a cook on an American warship – only to immediately turn around and travel the world some more on 5 different ships for the next 6 years!

How a Backpacking Traveler became the 1st Jamaican Rasta

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On November 17, 1932 when Howell returned Jamaica – now as a man in his mid-thirties – after 20 years of traveling the world, he was horrified to see the standard of living endured by the previously enslaved Jamaican-Africans now suddenly released from plantation life.

On November 17, 1932 when Howell returned Jamaica – now as a man in his mid-thirties – after 20 years of traveling the world, he was horrified to see the standard of living endured by the previously enslaved Jamaican-Africans now suddenly released from plantation life.

Devastating poverty, hunger, sickness and suffering – a result of centuries of abuse from British and Spanish slavery – now ignored by colonial government and still “mentally enslaved” by shackles of racial inferiority and unworthiness.

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