Here is the very pleasant and peaceful place where we stayed.
It is in Maldivia, situated in the Upper Jamestown valley. The area is named after slaves from the Maldives who worked in the gardens, then a Government Plantation, after they arrived on the island in 1735.
March 17.—Capt. Pelly of the Drake at the distance of 150 leagues from land took up a Boat with ten Blacks of the Maldive Islands who were drove out to Sea and near perishing—three died on board, 5 Men, 1 woman and 1 boy landed here.
(From the Jamestown Records)
It is about a mile from Jamestown to Maldivia, and a similar distance from Maldivia to the Briars, but a much harder climb.
Napoleon's visit came on the evening of Sir George Cockburn's Ball, on November 20th 1815. Having spotted the house in the valley below when accompanying the Balcombes' carriage as it left the Briars for the ball, he descended and was welcomed in by Major Hodson. Apparently Napoleon characteristically "tweaked the nose" of Major Hodson's young son. Major Hodson lent Napoleon's party some horses for the return journey to the Briars. Napoleon in return invited him and his wife for dinner at Longwood on January 4th 1816. Hodson attended Napoleon's funeral, and also the exhumation in 1840. He died at Bath in 1858.
Below is a view of the upper Jamestown Valley from the track that Napoleon would have used.
Above is a view looking out to Jamestown and the sea from the modern road above the Upper Jamestown Valley.
Finally it should be noted that King Dinuzulu also spent some time at Maldivia during his period of exile in the 1890's. He seems to have enjoyed his period of exile more than Napoleon, and apparently his granddaughter still lives on the island.
IMPORTANT: Please read the blog on 12 April 2013 for an update on Maldivia