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 regulator promoting infrastructure sharing - GlobeNewswireJamaica's regulator promoting infrastructure sharing  GlobeNewswire

Jamaica imposes all island curfew for seven days starting April 1 - Jamaica ObserverJamaica imposes all island curfew for seven days starting April 1  Jamaica Observer

36 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Jamaica - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service36 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Invention by young J'can touted as possible weapon in fight against COVID-19 - Jamaica ObserverInvention by young J'can touted as possible weapon in fight against COVID-19  Jamaica Observer

Jamaican reggae vocalist Bob Andy dies aged 75 - The GuardianJamaican reggae vocalist Bob Andy dies aged 75  The Guardian

Jamaica-born teen accepted by six US Ivy League schools - Stabroek NewsJamaica-born teen accepted by six US Ivy League schools  Stabroek News

Jamaica-born teen accepted by six Ivy League schools - Jamaica Star OnlineJamaica-born teen accepted by six Ivy League schools  Jamaica Star Online

Jamaica Confident Tourism Will Get Back to “Full Strength” - Caribbean JournalJamaica Confident Tourism Will Get Back to “Full Strength”  Caribbean Journal

Jamaica is the Caribbean's rising star - EuropeanCEOJamaica is the Caribbean's rising star  EuropeanCEO

Jamaica “Optimistic” About Tourism Rebound Post-Coronavirus - Caribbean JournalJamaica “Optimistic” About Tourism Rebound Post-Coronavirus  Caribbean Journal

Reggae music pioneer dies from coronavirus | Entertainment - Jamaica GleanerReggae music pioneer dies from coronavirus | Entertainment  Jamaica Gleaner

Audrey Marks warns US-based Jamaicans against attempting to travel - Jamaica ObserverAudrey Marks warns US-based Jamaicans against attempting to travel  Jamaica Observer

Some Jamaicans now have up to March 24 to enter - Jamaica ObserverSome Jamaicans now have up to March 24 to enter  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Hospital 'flooded' by COVID-19 patients, doctors say - Queens Daily EagleJamaica Hospital 'flooded' by COVID-19 patients, doctors say  Queens Daily Eagle

Call for state of emergency in Jamaica - Nation NewsCall for state of emergency in Jamaica  Nation News

A love of Jamaica inspires a tropical-like escape in Clemmons - Winston-Salem JournalA love of Jamaica inspires a tropical-like escape in Clemmons  Winston-Salem Journal

Jamaicans told to keep paying light bills | News - Jamaica Star OnlineJamaicans told to keep paying light bills | News  Jamaica Star Online

weather: partly cloudy, isolated showers | Loop News - Loop News Jamaicaweather: partly cloudy, isolated showers | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

COVID-19: Retailers in Jamaica To Face Heavy Fines, Prison For Price Gouging Amid Crisis - Caribbean360.comCOVID-19: Retailers in Jamaica To Face Heavy Fines, Prison For Price Gouging Amid Crisis  Caribbean360.com

Jamaica takes steps to stop price gouging - Nation NewsJamaica takes steps to stop price gouging  Nation News

That journey back home for Jamaica's overseas workers - Jamaica ObserverThat journey back home for Jamaica's overseas workers  Jamaica Observer

One more COVID-19 case in Jamaica – 26 in total - Jamaica ObserverOne more COVID-19 case in Jamaica – 26 in total  Jamaica Observer

Jamaican feels ostracised in South Korea over COVID-19 - Jamaica GleanerJamaican feels ostracised in South Korea over COVID-19  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaican hotel workers stranded in the US - Jamaica ObserverJamaican hotel workers stranded in the US  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observes World Water Day - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaica Observes World Water Day  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica Confirms First Imported Case of Coronavirus | World News - U.S. News & World ReportJamaica Confirms First Imported Case of Coronavirus | World News  U.S. News & World Report

Jamaican dollar closes at $136.07 | Loop News - Loop News JamaicaJamaican dollar closes at $136.07 | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

Far from the coronavirus epicenter, Caribbean tourism starts to get sick - The Washington PostFar from the coronavirus epicenter, Caribbean tourism starts to get sick  The Washington Post

Jamaica's Ambassador to USA to host Digital Town Hall: COVID-19 – Challenges & Opportunities - South Florida Caribbean NewsJamaica's Ambassador to USA to host Digital Town Hall: COVID-19 – Challenges & Opportunities  South Florida Caribbean News

European Union pledges support to fight climate change in... - St. Lucia News OnlineEuropean Union pledges support to fight climate change in...  St. Lucia News Online

A bay in Jamaica comes back to life - United Nations Development Programme | UNDP - UNDPA bay in Jamaica comes back to life - United Nations Development Programme | UNDP  UNDP

Jamaica now has 19 cases of COVID-19 - Jamaica ObserverJamaica now has 19 cases of COVID-19  Jamaica Observer

Grenada declares 24-hour curfew | Caribbean - Jamaica GleanerGrenada declares 24-hour curfew | Caribbean  Jamaica Gleaner

National Library Helping Students Prepare For Exams - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceNational Library Helping Students Prepare For Exams  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

How Jamaica's Penn Relay ban impacts me - WHYYHow Jamaica's Penn Relay ban impacts me  WHYY

UK, Canadian visitors who home-ported in Jamaica depart - Jamaica ObserverUK, Canadian visitors who home-ported in Jamaica depart  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica - the perfect holiday destination | March and Chatteris News - Cambs TimesJamaica - the perfect holiday destination | March and Chatteris News  Cambs Times

Westmoreland Health Dept. Reminds Persons To Self-Quarantine - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceWestmoreland Health Dept. Reminds Persons To Self-Quarantine  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica able to limit negative effects on tourism, says Moody's - Jamaica ObserverJamaica able to limit negative effects on tourism, says Moody's  Jamaica Observer

Time now for a comprehensive safety net - Golding - Jamaica GleanerTime now for a comprehensive safety net - Golding  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica bars its school teams from traveling to Philadelphia for Penn Relays in April - The Daily PennsylvanianJamaica bars its school teams from traveling to Philadelphia for Penn Relays in April  The Daily Pennsylvanian

Jamaica's Calabash Festival a literary treasure on the beach - USA TODAYJamaica's Calabash Festival a literary treasure on the beach  USA TODAY

Jamaica declares disaster over coronavirus, seeks Cuban nurses - ReutersJamaica declares disaster over coronavirus, seeks Cuban nurses  Reuters

CXC temporarily closing Barbados office, extending shutdown for Jamaica - Jamaica GleanerCXC temporarily closing Barbados office, extending shutdown for Jamaica  Jamaica Gleaner

Americans Are Flocking to Jamaica - Caribbean JournalAmericans Are Flocking to Jamaica  Caribbean Journal

Jamaica now has 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases - Stabroek NewsJamaica now has 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases  Stabroek News

Lottery opens for 16 affordable apartments near historic King Manor in Jamaica, from $1500/month - 6SqftLottery opens for 16 affordable apartments near historic King Manor in Jamaica, from $1500/month  6Sqft

Jamaica: DNA tests link accused serial rapist to another... - St. Lucia News OnlineJamaica: DNA tests link accused serial rapist to another...  St. Lucia News Online

EOJ Offices Closed Until End Of April - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceEOJ Offices Closed Until End Of April  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica still counting our blessings - Jamaica ObserverJamaica still counting our blessings  Jamaica Observer

COVID-19 break for Jamaicans facing deportation from the UK - Jamaica ObserverCOVID-19 break for Jamaicans facing deportation from the UK  Jamaica Observer

Minister Calls On Jamaican Diaspora To Delay Travel - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister Calls On Jamaican Diaspora To Delay Travel  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

A taste of Jamaica from smoky jerk pork to pineapple carpaccio - National Geographic UKA taste of Jamaica from smoky jerk pork to pineapple carpaccio  National Geographic UK

Jamaica - Pan American Health OrganizationJamaica  Pan American Health Organization

Jamaica imposes travel restriction for UK - Jamaica ObserverJamaica imposes travel restriction for UK  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica confirms two new COVID-19 cases; tally up to 32 - Loop News JamaicaJamaica confirms two new COVID-19 cases; tally up to 32  Loop News Jamaica

RSPL players could face pay cut | Sports - Jamaica Star OnlineRSPL players could face pay cut | Sports  Jamaica Star Online

TAJ Encouraging Jamaicans To Use Online Platform - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceTAJ Encouraging Jamaicans To Use Online Platform  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Convicted Jamaican Criminal, Federal Witness Can Appeal Removal - Bloomberg LawConvicted Jamaican Criminal, Federal Witness Can Appeal Removal  Bloomberg Law

Senate Approves MOCA Regulations - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceSenate Approves MOCA Regulations  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Grounded Jamaicans forced to sleep at Barbados airport - Stabroek NewsGrounded Jamaicans forced to sleep at Barbados airport  Stabroek News

JAAA pleased with new Tokyo dates | Sports - Jamaica Star OnlineJAAA pleased with new Tokyo dates | Sports  Jamaica Star Online

Jamaica and COVID-19 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaica and COVID-19  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica: Man charged with created public mischief after viral COVID lockdown voice note - Stabroek NewsJamaica: Man charged with created public mischief after viral COVID lockdown voice note  Stabroek News

Foreign minister cautions Jamaican travellers - Jamaica ObserverForeign minister cautions Jamaican travellers  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica: Virus forces couples to push back weddings - Stabroek NewsJamaica: Virus forces couples to push back weddings  Stabroek News

Don't panic over COVID-19! - Jamaican in China gives tips on how to survive the current health crisis - Jamaica GleanerDon't panic over COVID-19! - Jamaican in China gives tips on how to survive the current health crisis  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica: Calls for revision of laws as Elephant Man faces only a $100 fine for false declaration - Stabroek NewsJamaica: Calls for revision of laws as Elephant Man faces only a $100 fine for false declaration  Stabroek News

Agreement signed for Jamaica to boost rural agriculture - Jamaica ObserverAgreement signed for Jamaica to boost rural agriculture  Jamaica Observer

Benzly Hype loses uncle to COVID-19 | Entertainment - Jamaica Star OnlineBenzly Hype loses uncle to COVID-19 | Entertainment  Jamaica Star Online

PHOTOS: Minister Vaz At Handover Of Buses - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServicePHOTOS: Minister Vaz At Handover Of Buses  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Benzema takes aim at Giroud | Sports - Jamaica Star OnlineBenzema takes aim at Giroud | Sports  Jamaica Star Online

Early morning earthquake rattles Caribbean islands | News - Jamaica Star OnlineEarly morning earthquake rattles Caribbean islands | News  Jamaica Star Online

JBDC Launches Things Jamaican E-Commerce - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJBDC Launches Things Jamaican E-Commerce  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Golden Age Home And Infirmaries Cleaned And Sanitised - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceGolden Age Home And Infirmaries Cleaned And Sanitised  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Bernard Lodge Area Of St. Catherine To Be Transformed - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceBernard Lodge Area Of St. Catherine To Be Transformed  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica: Man falls to his death from roof - Stabroek NewsJamaica: Man falls to his death from roof  Stabroek News

Jamaica in for a massive economic shock — Clarke - Jamaica ObserverJamaica in for a massive economic shock — Clarke  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica records first COVID-19 death - Jamaica ObserverJamaica records first COVID-19 death  Jamaica Observer

Jamaican economy may contract significantly – Byles | Loop News - Loop News JamaicaJamaican economy may contract significantly – Byles | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica puts up a fight in the COVID-19 battle - Jamaica ObserverJamaica puts up a fight in the COVID-19 battle  Jamaica Observer

Gov’t rescues Jamaicans stranded at Atlanta airport - Stabroek NewsGov’t rescues Jamaicans stranded at Atlanta airport  Stabroek News

Calling Farmers Shares How to set up a compost heap - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceCalling Farmers Shares How to set up a compost heap  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

COVID-19: Work from home dream turns into nightmare for some Jamaicans - Loop News JamaicaCOVID-19: Work from home dream turns into nightmare for some Jamaicans  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica Night at S Hotel - Jamaica ObserverJamaica Night at S Hotel  Jamaica Observer

Barbers working from home | News - Jamaica Star OnlineBarbers working from home | News  Jamaica Star Online

UPDATE: 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica - Jamaica ObserverUPDATE: 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica  Jamaica Observer

Clarke talks up positives of COVID-19 injection | News - Jamaica GleanerClarke talks up positives of COVID-19 injection | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Exploring a Jamaican nanny's 'fortified city' | Entertainment - Jamaica GleanerExploring a Jamaican nanny's 'fortified city' | Entertainment  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica's int'l airports respond to coronavirus crisis - Jamaica ObserverJamaica's int'l airports respond to coronavirus crisis  Jamaica Observer

How one Jamaican spends a typical 24 hours in quarantine - Jamaica ObserverHow one Jamaican spends a typical 24 hours in quarantine  Jamaica Observer

Consumers Intervention of Jamaica warns against use of gloves - Jamaica ObserverConsumers Intervention of Jamaica warns against use of gloves  Jamaica Observer

COVID-19 cases in Jamaica now at 25 | Loop News - Loop News JamaicaCOVID-19 cases in Jamaica now at 25 | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

COVID-19 fear grips Jamaicans in the US | News - Jamaica GleanerCOVID-19 fear grips Jamaicans in the US | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica’s love affair with Kenny Rogers - Stabroek NewsJamaica’s love affair with Kenny Rogers  Stabroek News

Several Water Supply Projects Under Way - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceSeveral Water Supply Projects Under Way  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

BREAKING: Jamaica confirms first imported case of COVID-19 - Jamaica ObserverBREAKING: Jamaica confirms first imported case of COVID-19  Jamaica Observer

Premiere: Hear UFO Fev's new potent record 'Nightclubs' featuring Jamaica's top female deejay Spice - GRUNGECAKEPremiere: Hear UFO Fev's new potent record 'Nightclubs' featuring Jamaica's top female deejay Spice  GRUNGECAKE

Rethinking Sargassum Seaweed: Could It Be the New Normal in Jamaica? - NACLARethinking Sargassum Seaweed: Could It Be the New Normal in Jamaica?  NACLA

Operations At The Norman Manley International Airport – Kingston, Jamaica - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceOperations At The Norman Manley International Airport – Kingston, Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service