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Humble Thatch Houses

How many Sanpedranos were born in the village of San Pedro in the 1930’s 40’s and even 50’s? If you were, chances are that you were born and raised in these humble thatch houses, which were mansions in those days. The thatch leaves came from the bush up north in the area of Basil Jones. It was nobody’s land so the thatch leaves and the pimento sticks were both free of cost. Labor was free because every villager was skilled in laying down the leaves and nailing or tying the sticks together. NO building plans were made for these “buildings.” It comprised of four walls, directly on the floor, a dirt floor, one door at the front and one at the back with one window on each wall. The time to build? Four to five days. The lifespan of the building? About ten years.

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