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
Jamaica - BBC
Jamaica - National Geographic
Jamaica - Timeline - BBC

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Jamaica's Reggae Sunsplash 2020 Goes Virtual Caribbean Journal - Caribbean JournalJamaica's Reggae Sunsplash 2020 Goes Virtual Caribbean Journal  Caribbean Journal

Teacher turns walls into blackboards in Jamaica to teach students amid pandemic - Hindustan TimesTeacher turns walls into blackboards in Jamaica to teach students amid pandemic  Hindustan Times

Jamaican teacher turns walls into blackboards to teach students outdoors - The Indian ExpressJamaican teacher turns walls into blackboards to teach students outdoors  The Indian Express

De Loughry takes up new role in Jamaica - Breaking Travel NewsDe Loughry takes up new role in Jamaica  Breaking Travel News

COVID-19 vaccines secured for more than 270000 Jamaicans - Loop News JamaicaCOVID-19 vaccines secured for more than 270000 Jamaicans  Loop News Jamaica

Shaggy Is Spreading Caribbean Christmas Cheer in Jamaica and Beyond - Caribbean JournalShaggy Is Spreading Caribbean Christmas Cheer in Jamaica and Beyond  Caribbean Journal

Home Office sparks outrage with plans for Jamaica deportation flight on day lockdown lifts - The IndependentHome Office sparks outrage with plans for Jamaica deportation flight on day lockdown lifts  The Independent

A tale of two Jamaican clinics during COVID-19 - UNAIDSA tale of two Jamaican clinics during COVID-19  UNAIDS

5-year-old boy mauled by pack of dogs in Jamaica gets new lease on life with surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx - WABC-TV5-year-old boy mauled by pack of dogs in Jamaica gets new lease on life with surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx  WABC-TV

Jamaica teacher turns walls into board to teach students without internet amid COVID-19 - Republic WorldJamaica teacher turns walls into board to teach students without internet amid COVID-19  Republic World

As Kamala D. Harris breaks barriers, India and Jamaica celebrate - The Washington PostAs Kamala D. Harris breaks barriers, India and Jamaica celebrate  The Washington Post

Jamaican women worst hit by livestock and crop theft in pandemic - ReutersJamaican women worst hit by livestock and crop theft in pandemic  Reuters

Editorial | Farewell, Mr Tapia; welcome the new agenda - Jamaica GleanerEditorial | Farewell, Mr Tapia; welcome the new agenda  Jamaica Gleaner

In Jamaica, backlash over limestone quarry in ecological area sparks youth online activism - Global VoicesIn Jamaica, backlash over limestone quarry in ecological area sparks youth online activism  Global Voices

WATCH: Jamaicans react to festive season curfew - Loop News JamaicaWATCH: Jamaicans react to festive season curfew  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica: Grandmother, two grandkids murdered in St Catherine - Stabroek NewsJamaica: Grandmother, two grandkids murdered in St Catherine  Stabroek News

Jamaica: the drivers of flooding - pollution and land selection - PreventionWebJamaica: the drivers of flooding - pollution and land selection  PreventionWeb

Jamaican businesses invited to participate in US virtual trade mission and networking event - Jamaica ObserverJamaican businesses invited to participate in US virtual trade mission and networking event  Jamaica Observer

'Babsy' bares soul as bus sex-abuse victim - Rallies Jamaicans to battle violence against women, girls - Jamaica Gleaner'Babsy' bares soul as bus sex-abuse victim - Rallies Jamaicans to battle violence against women, girls  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Sees 'Positive Signs' Return to the Tourism Sector - Travel Market ReportJamaica Sees 'Positive Signs' Return to the Tourism Sector  Travel Market Report

Jamaica to Begin Charging Visitors for Insurance Coverage - Travel Market ReportJamaica to Begin Charging Visitors for Insurance Coverage  Travel Market Report

$4b tax cheats - Multinationals under microscope for offshoring wealth - Jamaica Gleaner$4b tax cheats - Multinationals under microscope for offshoring wealth  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Tops 200,000 Arrivals Since Reopening - Caribbean JournalJamaica Tops 200,000 Arrivals Since Reopening  Caribbean Journal

U.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics - 'you drink that cheap stuff' - ReutersU.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics - 'you drink that cheap stuff'  Reuters

Jamaica govt will distribute tablets to students - WIC NewsJamaica govt will distribute tablets to students  WIC News

Named a Rhodes Scholar, Wesleyan University senior wants to give other Jamaican youth ‘opportunity to achieve’ - Middletown PressNamed a Rhodes Scholar, Wesleyan University senior wants to give other Jamaican youth ‘opportunity to achieve’  Middletown Press

Jamaican infant mauled by dogs flown to top US Hospital - Stabroek NewsJamaican infant mauled by dogs flown to top US Hospital  Stabroek News

Jamaican CG Mair Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Scores Big - South Florida Caribbean NewsJamaican CG Mair Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Scores Big  South Florida Caribbean News

Jamaica real estate company launches charitable foundation helping to feed Queens residents in need - QNS.comJamaica real estate company launches charitable foundation helping to feed Queens residents in need  QNS.com

Over 200000 Jamaicans to Get COVID-19 Vaccine from First Batch - caribbeannationalweekly.comOver 200000 Jamaicans to Get COVID-19 Vaccine from First Batch  caribbeannationalweekly.com

Jamaica50: Home Office plans Jamaica deportation flight - MetroJamaica50: Home Office plans Jamaica deportation flight  Metro

Aberdeen star Greg Leigh sets sights on 2022 World Cup with Jamaica - Aberdeen Evening ExpressAberdeen star Greg Leigh sets sights on 2022 World Cup with Jamaica  Aberdeen Evening Express

Postcards: Jamaican women worst hit by livestock and crop theft in pandemic - Sight MagazinePostcards: Jamaican women worst hit by livestock and crop theft in pandemic  Sight Magazine

Jamaican Women Worst Hit by Livestock and Crop Theft During COVID-19 Pandemic - Global CitizenJamaican Women Worst Hit by Livestock and Crop Theft During COVID-19 Pandemic  Global Citizen

Couples To Reopen Two More Resorts in Jamaica Caribbean Journal - Caribbean JournalCouples To Reopen Two More Resorts in Jamaica Caribbean Journal  Caribbean Journal

China Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S. - The New York TimesChina Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S.  The New York Times

JSWIFT Exceeding Turnaround Time For Processing Trade Documents - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJSWIFT Exceeding Turnaround Time For Processing Trade Documents  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica has been devastated by tropical storms Zeta, Eta - Miami HeraldJamaica has been devastated by tropical storms Zeta, Eta  Miami Herald

What a Biden-Harris win means for Jamaica and the Caribbean - Stabroek NewsWhat a Biden-Harris win means for Jamaica and the Caribbean  Stabroek News

Earth Today | Going after plastics - New project aims to reduce pollution burden - Jamaica GleanerEarth Today | Going after plastics - New project aims to reduce pollution burden  Jamaica Gleaner

New Wave: Enters into Partnership with the University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica for Medicinal Drug Discovery - PRNewswireNew Wave: Enters into Partnership with the University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica for Medicinal Drug Discovery  PRNewswire

Jamaican marine engineer remanded on big drug rap in Barbados - Loop News JamaicaJamaican marine engineer remanded on big drug rap in Barbados  Loop News Jamaica

spam calls from jamaica - KIMA CBS 29spam calls from jamaica  KIMA CBS 29

Diaspora Joins Jamaica's 'One Laptop or Tablet Per Child' Initiative - caribbeannationalweekly.comDiaspora Joins Jamaica's 'One Laptop or Tablet Per Child' Initiative  caribbeannationalweekly.com

Traveling With Jamaica Cares - TravelPulseTraveling With Jamaica Cares  TravelPulse

Weather Alert - US Embassy Kingston - US Embassy in JamaicaWeather Alert - US Embassy Kingston  US Embassy in Jamaica

Minister of Tourism of Jamaica calls on global tourism leaders to activate sector's resilience - WIC NewsMinister of Tourism of Jamaica calls on global tourism leaders to activate sector's resilience  WIC News

Repositioning agriculture among youth is necessary for Jamaica: Floyd Green - WIC NewsRepositioning agriculture among youth is necessary for Jamaica: Floyd Green  WIC News

Tourism influencer for Jamaica passes on | News - Jamaica GleanerTourism influencer for Jamaica passes on | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica: Citizens to see fruit and vegetable prices rise in run-up to Christmas - FreshPlaza.comJamaica: Citizens to see fruit and vegetable prices rise in run-up to Christmas  FreshPlaza.com

Chris Blackwell on Bob Marley, James Bond and Jamaica - Caribbean JournalChris Blackwell on Bob Marley, James Bond and Jamaica  Caribbean Journal

The Most Exciting New Hotel in Jamaica Is Open Caribbean Journal - Caribbean JournalThe Most Exciting New Hotel in Jamaica Is Open Caribbean Journal  Caribbean Journal

Kamala Harris loves Jamaica, says cousin - Stabroek NewsKamala Harris loves Jamaica, says cousin  Stabroek News

One additional COVID death, 53 new cases in Jamaica - Loop News JamaicaOne additional COVID death, 53 new cases in Jamaica  Loop News Jamaica

Contract For JCF's Station Records Management System Approved - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceContract For JCF's Station Records Management System Approved  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaican pastor got traffic blocking proposal idea from celestial visions - Stabroek NewsJamaican pastor got traffic blocking proposal idea from celestial visions  Stabroek News

Health of Jamaica's tourists comes with a fee - Business InsuranceHealth of Jamaica's tourists comes with a fee  Business Insurance

MIT student who won 2021 Rhodes Scholarship has Jamaican heritage - Stabroek NewsMIT student who won 2021 Rhodes Scholarship has Jamaican heritage  Stabroek News

36th Universal Periodic Review: UK statement on Jamaica - GOV.UK36th Universal Periodic Review: UK statement on Jamaica  GOV.UK

Aspiring teacher in Jamaica wins inaugural PATH tertiary ICT scholarship - WIC NewsAspiring teacher in Jamaica wins inaugural PATH tertiary ICT scholarship  WIC News

Cabinet approves divestment of Silver Sands Estates | News - Jamaica GleanerCabinet approves divestment of Silver Sands Estates | News  Jamaica Gleaner

‘We cannot handle anymore,’ Jamaica member of parliament says after storms Zeta, Eta - Miami Herald‘We cannot handle anymore,’ Jamaica member of parliament says after storms Zeta, Eta  Miami Herald

Food For The Poor Supports Three Million Trees Planting Initiative - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceFood For The Poor Supports Three Million Trees Planting Initiative  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Ex-boyfriend charged with murder in death of Jamaican in Antigua - Loop News JamaicaEx-boyfriend charged with murder in death of Jamaican in Antigua  Loop News Jamaica

More Rains for Jamaica this weekend - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMore Rains for Jamaica this weekend  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

10000 Jamaican workers to benefit from amendment Shipping Act - Loop News Jamaica10000 Jamaican workers to benefit from amendment Shipping Act  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica Looking To Ease Up On Funerals Ban - The St. Kitts-Nevis ObserverJamaica Looking To Ease Up On Funerals Ban  The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer

Jamaica: First-time dad killed seven days after child’s birth - Stabroek NewsJamaica: First-time dad killed seven days after child’s birth  Stabroek News

Local Government Elections Delayed - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceLocal Government Elections Delayed  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Zara Realty planning 223-unit project in Jamaica, Queens - Crain's New York BusinessZara Realty planning 223-unit project in Jamaica, Queens  Crain's New York Business

Rider basketball assistant coach Ben Kay talks teaching and Jamaican basketball camp - The TrentonianRider basketball assistant coach Ben Kay talks teaching and Jamaican basketball camp  The Trentonian

Grange, Bolt remember Maradona | News - Jamaica GleanerGrange, Bolt remember Maradona | News  Jamaica Gleaner

RGD To Introduce Premium Packages - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceRGD To Introduce Premium Packages  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaicans Urged to Prepare for Possible Weekend Rain - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaicans Urged to Prepare for Possible Weekend Rain  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Coping stones fall at Sacred Heart Church in Jamaica Plain - The Boston GlobeCoping stones fall at Sacred Heart Church in Jamaica Plain  The Boston Globe

US envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics - Cayman CompassUS envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics  Cayman Compass

Jamaica nursing home welcomes families for Thanksgiving celebration - QNS.comJamaica nursing home welcomes families for Thanksgiving celebration  QNS.com

US Election: Jamaicans burst with pride as Kamala Harris makes history - Loop News JamaicaUS Election: Jamaicans burst with pride as Kamala Harris makes history  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica launches end-to-end travel insurance plan "Jamaica Cares" - GlobetrenderJamaica launches end-to-end travel insurance plan "Jamaica Cares"  Globetrender

Yaad Food grows despite pandemic, opening 2nd Jamaican restaurant, convenience store in Chicopee - MassLive.comYaad Food grows despite pandemic, opening 2nd Jamaican restaurant, convenience store in Chicopee  MassLive.com

Jamaican Fitzroy Wickham’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar selection celebrated - Stabroek NewsJamaican Fitzroy Wickham’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar selection celebrated  Stabroek News

50 years of service to the JFB | News - Jamaica Gleaner50 years of service to the JFB | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Hardware & Lumber Limited (H&L) has donated PPE Kit valued at $2 million in Jamaica - WIC NewsHardware & Lumber Limited (H&L) has donated PPE Kit valued at $2 million in Jamaica  WIC News

Five Jamaicans awarded US Fulbright scholarships for doctoral studies - Jamaica ObserverFive Jamaicans awarded US Fulbright scholarships for doctoral studies  Jamaica Observer

JetBlue expands connectivity from US to Jamaica with two new flights - Loop News JamaicaJetBlue expands connectivity from US to Jamaica with two new flights  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica weather: windy and partly cloudy | Loop News - Loop News JamaicaJamaica weather: windy and partly cloudy | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

Immigrant to Canada releases book about childhood in Jamaica - Loop News JamaicaImmigrant to Canada releases book about childhood in Jamaica  Loop News Jamaica

Two Jamaicans make NBA Draft 2020 | New York Carib News - NYCaribNewsTwo Jamaicans make NBA Draft 2020 | New York Carib News  NYCaribNews

Appleton Estate Jamaica rum reveals full brand relaunch - http://drinksretailingnews.co.ukAppleton Estate Jamaica rum reveals full brand relaunch  http://drinksretailingnews.co.uk

'Snake Man', 'Hot Head' – all in one - shot dead by firearm holder - Loop News Jamaica'Snake Man', 'Hot Head' – all in one - shot dead by firearm holder  Loop News Jamaica

500000 free Microsoft licences to boost Jamaica's digital footprint - Loop News Jamaica500000 free Microsoft licences to boost Jamaica's digital footprint  Loop News Jamaica

Turkey giveaway and Thanksgiving meals available in Jamaica next week - QNS.comTurkey giveaway and Thanksgiving meals available in Jamaica next week  QNS.com

Jamaica's Tourism must get back on track, Bartlett - South Florida Caribbean NewsJamaica's Tourism must get back on track, Bartlett  South Florida Caribbean News

British woman gone missing in Jamaica; last seen at hotel in Kingston - Loop News JamaicaBritish woman gone missing in Jamaica; last seen at hotel in Kingston  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaican Teas upsizing factory by 50 per cent | Business - Jamaica GleanerJamaican Teas upsizing factory by 50 per cent | Business  Jamaica Gleaner

Who is Donald Harris? Jamaican dad of Kamala is a prominent economist - Loop News JamaicaWho is Donald Harris? Jamaican dad of Kamala is a prominent economist  Loop News Jamaica

Delivery deliverance for offline schools | Lead Stories - Jamaica GleanerDelivery deliverance for offline schools | Lead Stories  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica's road network is being permanently degraded - Holness - Loop News JamaicaJamaica's road network is being permanently degraded - Holness  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaican mechanic dies 10 days after being punched by man in the US - Loop News JamaicaJamaican mechanic dies 10 days after being punched by man in the US  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaican Teas looks to embark on factory expansion - Loop News JamaicaJamaican Teas looks to embark on factory expansion  Loop News Jamaica