|Patron Saint||St. Mark|
|Mayor||Charles Bolton (FLP)|
Carrington was originally founded in 1368 as San Marcos, but under the Dutch took on the name Sint-Markstad. The city was built along the walls of the Markstad Castle, built from 1361 to 1377. Under the Aragonese, San Marcos thrived as a market town. In 1385, Venetian troops forcibly occupied the town, creating resentment among the local populations. In 1407, peasants near Sint-Markstad refused to work for their Venetian masters and began the first act of defiance against them, leading to fierce reprisals. This act would spark a wave of minor protests and revolts that would lead to the War of Independence in 1427. During the war, local resistance to the Venetians resulted in a large unit of men being sent to the town, which defeated a small force of armed locals and burnt many houses.
Following the end of the war, Sint-Markstad would become a large market town, with people from the region coming to the Great market to buy and sell their produce and wares. Around the house some wealthy families like the Murais built large country houses such as Villa Murais and Philips House.
The townspeople took the first action of the Civil War in 1663, raiding the town arsenal. The following day, the king sent an force of 800 men to recover the town. Mayor Nicolas Haas organized the defense, where 214 men and 31 women took arms against the king. The battle was a massacre, and royalist troops killed 185 armed citizens, and 68 unarmed ones.
In the 1700s, Sint-Markstad became a textile and cloth-making center, with a significant industry.
Carrington's economy struggled in the early 1800s, with an inability to adapt to the industrial revolution, and little interest in mechanical production of textiles. The large industry shifted to southern Brunant in the 1850s through 1870s, and only artisanal cloth production remained into the 20th century.
Carrington has several good schools, which include:
Sporting Markstad currently play in the First League and Carrington FC currently play in the Second League. There are three football clubs that play in the Cape Cross League Division One of the Parish League System, Cadona Football Club, FC Carrington II and Carrington S&FC.
The Castle was built on a high lookout, and the earliest houses were built alongside the cliffs beside it. Houses from the 15th century onward were built to the east of the castle on lower ground, centered around the U-shaped St. Marks Square.
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Carrington has two neighborhoods, the Old Town and Cadona.
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