In 1753 there was an attempt to introduce the camel to Jamaica. Transport was the main reason, but food was a secondary benefit not to be ignored. By 1774 the writer Edward Long remarks that:
"The great expectations were not fulfilled, because the camels could not handle the steep rocky tracks of the island. The remaining animals roamed the roads, frightening the horses."
Other reports say a small insect, called the “chiqua,” got into the feet of the camels and ended their usefulness