Like its larger neighboor Accompong, Quick Step is the most remote community in Jamaica at the end of a windy mountain road in the Cockpit Country. The region is known as the District of LookBehind, a name ascribed by the British. It is said that British soldiers sat two per horse when riding through the area, one looking forward and one looking back, an effort to anticipate an ambush from the hostile Maroons of the area.
The people of Quick Step are a mix. While many are Maroons, from families in Accomong, there was a migration of people from the Treasure Beach area at the turn of the 20th century in response to a drought that had plagued that southern coastal region. As a result, many of the people in Quick Step are brown with green eyes, a characteristic of the people from Southern St. Elizabeth. It could be argued that this wasn’t actually a town of much consequence until this migration from the south. Nonetheless, the area is not far from Accompong as the crow flies, and was certainly an additional Maroon settlement prior to the induction of others to the area.
The economy of the area is based on farming and logging – particularly logging, a practice which without question should be suppressed if not controlled.