|— Village —|
|Elevation||143 m (469 ft)|
|• Estimate (2009)||6,003|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
Porus is a village in Manchester, Jamaica. It overlooks a plain to the south with hills behind it to the north. A tributary of the Rio Minho runs parallel to the main road, helping to keep the atmosphere cool.
Porus was founded 1840 by the missionary James Phillippo as a free village for ex-slaves following emancipation. It was his sixth such village. It was originally called Vale Lionel after the then Governor of Jamaica, Sir Lionel Smith, but was soon renamed "Porus" most probably after the porous soil in the vicinity.
From 1895 to 1992 Porus was served by Porus railway station on the Kingston to Montego Bay line. Although all services on the line have ceased, the extensive (for Jamaica) station buildings remain.
- World Gazetteer, Jamaica: Largest cities and towns with statistics of their population
- Dewar, Rose (2003-03-21). "The story of Porus Manchester". Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica Sheet G, 1973.
- Aerial view of the station.