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 sweating on fitness of Taylor - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Jamaica sweating on fitness of Taylor
Jamaica Observer
JAMAICA will be sweating over the fitness of Captain Stafanie Taylor entering today's decisive fifth and final round of the Cricket West Indies Regional Women's Twenty20 (T20) championship against Barbados. The game, the second of a triple-header at ...
King helps T&T beat JamaicaTrinidad Guardian

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T&T injure Jamaica's chances but Barbados remain unbeaten - Barbados Today

Barbados Today

T&T injure Jamaica's chances but Barbados remain unbeaten
Barbados Today
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago delivered a serious blow to Jamaica's title hopes while Barbados maintained their perfect record during an action-packed fourth round of the CWI Women's T20 Blaze on Saturday. Playing at Sabina Park, the ...



Rural and Coastal Towns Targeted for Development - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Rural and Coastal Towns Targeted for Development
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
“The Prime Minister, in what can only be considered as a game-changing vision, has set his sights on the renewal and development of rural towns to reflect social order, security, investment and job creation,” he said, while addressing the 2018 Jamaica ...

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JISCO Alpart Jamaica assists 130 farmers - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

JISCO Alpart Jamaica assists 130 farmers
Jamaica Observer
A news release said the programme is designed to stimulate production for small farmers who operate within JISCO Alpart Jamaica Plateau Mining Area. Support came in the form of vouchers, for which the farmers can redeem fertilisers, seeds, broiler ...



World Cup 2018: How history-making Jamaica became more than just the 'Reggae Boyz' at France 1998 - The Independent

The Independent

World Cup 2018: How history-making Jamaica became more than just the 'Reggae Boyz' at France 1998
The Independent
It was the summer of 1997 when Robbie Earle accepted that a senior England call-up was never going to come. There had been some whispers that he and Wimbledon team-mate Chris Perry would be included in Glenn Hoddle's squad for Le Tournoi, the ...



IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Jamaica - International Monetary Fund

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Jamaica
International Monetary Fund
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Uma Ramakrishnan visited Kingston from June 11 to 15, 2018, to take stock of progress on Jamaica's economic reform program supported by the IMF's precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). At the ...

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New Features for Denbigh 2018 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

New Features for Denbigh 2018
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
“The campaign has saved the Jamaican economy US$500 million. Prior to the campaign, we were increasing our imports by about US$100 million per annum. Subsequent to the launch, that has been decreased to US$60 million per annum…we need to ...
Presidential candidates vow to transform JASJamaica Observer
Audley Shaw and Denbigh both celebrating 66 years in the makingLoop News Jamaica

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The heroic, historic role of the National Library - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

The heroic, historic role of the National Library
Jamaica Observer
Since migration is central to Jamaican history and culture, the National Library, if it is to be true to its mandate, can't only look inwards; it must also explore and seek to preserve for posterity those overseas ingredients which have added to the ...



JHTA president declares Mobay safest place in Jamaica - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

JHTA president declares Mobay safest place in Jamaica
Jamaica Gleaner
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer. President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, has declared Jamaica's tourism capital of Montego Bay, St James the safest place in Jamaica. After recording alarming murder figures in the ...



Initiatives Being Implemented for Digital Society - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Initiatives Being Implemented for Digital Society
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Chief Executive Officer at eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, has highlighted various initiatives being implemented towards Jamaica's thrust of becoming a digital society. He informed that infrastructure is being put in place for a government data ...

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