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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Jay Z spotted recording in Jamaica – so Beyonce hasn't had her babies yet then - Metro

Metro

Jay Z spotted recording in Jamaica – so Beyonce hasn't had her babies yet then
Metro
The 35-year-old singer is said to be pretty close to giving birth, and perhaps hasn't had the twins just yet as Jay Z has been allowed to flee the country for the weekend to record music in Jamaica. That or she has had them and the entire world is in ...
Jay Z Spotted Recording New Music In Jamaica With Damian MarleyCapital XTRA
Damian Marley Confirms Working With Jay Z on New Music: ExclusiveBillboard

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From Melbourne to Treasure Beach: Why nurse Beth Merindah moved to Jamaica - Domain News

Domain News

From Melbourne to Treasure Beach: Why nurse Beth Merindah moved to Jamaica
Domain News
After a lifelong fascination with Jamaica, Beth Merindah packed her bags and moved to the Caribbean island in 2013. She was 25 at the time and had been living in Melbourne, where she worked as a nurse. “It was strange when I finally got there, because ...



900 fire hydrants repaired - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

900 fire hydrants repaired
Jamaica Gleaner
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie (centre) and Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano (left) listen to Acting Commissioner for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Raymond Spencer at the recent ...



Rape in Marriage: Jamaica's Churches and Human Rights Groups Are at War Over Legal Exemption - Newsweek

Newsweek

Rape in Marriage: Jamaica's Churches and Human Rights Groups Are at War Over Legal Exemption
Newsweek
She was speaking on behalf of a number of religious groups—among them the Jamaica Union of Seventh-Day Adventists, the Church of God of Jamaica, the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance, the Jamaica Pentecostal Union and the Jamaica Association of Full ...



Discounting becoming the new normal for hotels - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Discounting becoming the new normal for hotels
Jamaica Gleaner
With hotel analytics firm STR reporting that room revenues within the Caribbean are still down due to discounting, the hotel lobby in Jamaica expects travel deals to remain a feature of marketing programmes as new rooms are commissioned into service.

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Two Jamaicas - Jamaica Gleaner

Two Jamaicas
Jamaica Gleaner
After a lovely weekend at an international conference at a hotel belonging to an international chain, I wondered if I was in the same Jamaica that multiple murders and the killing of 11-year-old girls in downtown Kingston was also taking place. The ...



Diaspora Education Task Force to Announce Jamaica 55 Project in July - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Diaspora Education Task Force to Announce Jamaica 55 Project in July
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) will officially announce its Jamaica 55 project at the staging of the 7th Biennial Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in July. This year's Diaspora Conference will be held from July 23-26 at the Jamaica ...



Jamaica right on Venezuela* - Trinidad & Tobago Express

Jamaica right on Venezuela*
Trinidad & Tobago Express
It is important to accurately reflect a full understanding of engagement in the context of negotiations in multilateral fora and the circumstances leading to Jamaica's decisions on the Venezuela issue within the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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Is the PM serious about fighting corruption in Jamaica? - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Is the PM serious about fighting corruption in Jamaica?
Jamaica Observer
But where was the strident voice of the Bank of Jamaica that should have had more than a passing concern for the financial integrity of the country? Where were the voices of those who were contending for power and whose political parties received ...



Growth & Jobs | Jamaican Xperience with a difference - creating jobs too - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Growth & Jobs | Jamaican Xperience with a difference - creating jobs too
Jamaica Gleaner
A Doctor Bird seeming to greet visitors, as it swiftly flaps its wings and plunges its elongated beak into a fiery-red ginger lily in pursuit of nectar, is all the confirmation one needs to know that he is in for a truly authentic Jamaican treat. This ...