Jamaica

Country Jamaica
Capital Kingston
Continent North America(Central America)
Currency Jamaican dollar(JMD)
Languages English(Jamaican English) & Jamaican Patois

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Introduction

The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino Indians, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually obtained increasing independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

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Jamaica - Wikipedia
Jamaica - CIA World Fact Book
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Jamaica's air navigational services more efficient, reliable with new control towers - JCAA - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica's air navigational services more efficient, reliable with new control towers - JCAA
Jamaica Gleaner
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says air navigational services within the island's airspace are far more efficient and reliable now with two new state-of-the-art control towers at the two international airports. JCAA Director General Nari ...

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Fed by greed, Jamaica continues to bleed - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Fed by greed, Jamaica continues to bleed
Jamaica Observer
According to Jamaica's Statistical Institute, the parish of St James has a population of 186,000, and its capital, Montego Bay, has a population of 111,000. As at Monday of last week, St James recorded a year-to-date murder tally of 330 Jamaicans ...
Orville Taylor | More guns, more icebergs meltingJamaica Gleaner

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Jamaica tun cow bwoy town! - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Jamaica tun cow bwoy town!
Jamaica Observer
This has not been a good year for the Ministry of National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and by extension Jamaica, from a security perspective. The data clearly indicates that we have become a 'cowbwoy town now...' Murders are ...

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Firefighters complete US training course - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Firefighters complete US training course
Jamaica Gleaner
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC Fifty-five Jamaican fire fighters have completed live burn training under a Sister Airport Cooperation Agreement with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States. The training, which ended last ...

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Germany's word of the year: The end of Jamaica POLITICO - POLITICO.eu

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Germany's word of the year: The end of Jamaica POLITICO
POLITICO.eu
Marriage for all, #MeToo and covfefe are also honored.

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Jamaica women's bobsled team seventh in World Cup - Loop St Lucia

Loop St Lucia

Jamaica women's bobsled team seventh in World Cup
Loop St Lucia
Jamaica's first women's entry in the bobsled World Cup finished seventh out of 23 teams on Saturday in Winterberg, Germany. With the performance, the team of driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brakewoman Carrie Russell, put themselves in a position ...

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Lasco partners with Guardian on health care coverage - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Lasco partners with Guardian on health care coverage
Jamaica Gleaner
Lasco Financial Services Limited has partnered with Guardian Life on health care coverage for Jamaicans who are normally priced out of the market. The two-month old product, called Lascare, allows Jamaicans who are micro traders or self-employed to buy ...



American Borja holds on to win Jamaica Open - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

American Borja holds on to win Jamaica Open
Jamaica Observer
Hernan Borja tees off on the 10th hole on yesterday's final round in the 51st Jamaica Open tournament at Half Moon Golf Club in Rosehall, Montego Bay. (Photo: Paul Reid). ROSE HALL, St James American Hernan Borja held on to win the 51st Jamaica Open ...



Dead man found on roadside in Greenwich, Westmoreland - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Dead man found on roadside in Greenwich, Westmoreland
Jamaica Gleaner
The Darliston police are investigating the killing of an unidentified man whose body was found along the roadway in Greenwich, Westmoreland yesterday. The body is believed to be in its mid thirties, dark complexion, medium build is about 5 feet 6 ...

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Charting the history of Freemasons in Jamaica - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Charting the history of Freemasons in Jamaica
Jamaica Gleaner
Jackie Ranston's latest venture into Jamaican culture, Masonic Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Volume One, brings to light the individuals who transformed the island in many ways, and in the process, Ranston makes the history of the Freemasons in ...