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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The great Jamaican taste - Jamaica Gleaner

The great Jamaican taste
Jamaica Gleaner
Although the US fast-food chain McDonald's Corp no longer have a presence in Jamaica, the United Kingdom arm have come up with a new range of limited hamburger meals under their theme 'Great Tastes of the World'. The range consist of 'The South ...



JaRistotle's Jottings | Jamaica, land of jacks and asses - Jamaica Gleaner

JaRistotle's Jottings | Jamaica, land of jacks and asses
Jamaica Gleaner
There is a saying that to assume is to make an ass of you and me. I assume that Jamaican politicos have the country's best interest at heart and that we people are their priority. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you just call 1-888-IDIOT ...



Jamaican wanted man to be deported from Antigua - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaican wanted man to be deported from Antigua
Jamaica Gleaner
A magistrate court in Antigua has ordered the deportation of a 33-year-old Jamaican man who has been described as one of this country's 10 most wanted criminals. Jermaine Gordon, who is wanted on murder and other related charges in Jamaica, appeared ...
Antigua: Jamaica's most wanted to be deportedSt. Lucia News Online (press release)

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First two cannabis licences granted - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

First two cannabis licences granted
Jamaica Gleaner
Cannabis Licensing Authority has granted the first two licences for participation in Jamaica's medical marijuana industry. Everything Oily Labs Limited has been issued a licence as a processor while Epican is licensed to cultivate. Chairman of the CLA, ...

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UPDATE: Cops find 19 guns in Kgn - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

UPDATE: Cops find 19 guns in Kgn
Jamaica Gleaner
The citizens of Jamaica decide that enough is enough,and are informing the police about here the illegal firearms are located,plus at Jamaica dollar $75,000 per illegal firearm reward,a Jamaican citizen is walking around in Jamaica today a millionaire.

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Everything you need to know about Germany's three-way "Jamaica ... - Quartz

Quartz

Everything you need to know about Germany's three-way "Jamaica ...
Quartz
German chancellor Angela Merkel begins talks today (Oct. 18) to form a three-way coalition government with two parties—the Free Democrats and the ...
Opinion: Angela Merkel's Jamaica coalition is right for GermanyDeutsche Welle
German coalition talks: 'Road to Jamaica is long'TODAYonline

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Earth Today | New website provides look into Jamaica's climate projects - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Earth Today | New website provides look into Jamaica's climate projects
Jamaica Gleaner
JAMAICANS NOW have the opportunity to get in the know about their island's efforts to minimise the fallout from extreme hurricanes and other climate change impacts, thanks to the launch of a new website: www.ppcrja.org.jm. The site was activated by the ...



Bobby Clarke of NYC's Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica's National Order of Distinction - Billboard

Billboard

Bobby Clarke of NYC's Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica's National Order of Distinction
Billboard
Jamaica-born, New York resident Robert “Bobby” Clarke, president and CEO of Queens-based Irie Jam Radio, was honored by the Jamaican government on Sunday with the prestigious Order of Distinction “for over 20 years of dedicated media services to ...



Briefing | Jamaica must manage capital flows - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Briefing | Jamaica must manage capital flows
Jamaica Gleaner
Capital flow refers to the movement of money in and out of a country for the purpose of investment, trade, commerce and production. Developing countries with the correct capital flow legislation/environment can expand and diversify their portfolios ...



Jamaica receives US$300000 grant from UN Green Climate Fund - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Jamaica receives US$300000 grant from UN Green Climate Fund
Jamaica Observer
He informed that the Government is in the process of having the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) accredited as a national implementing entity, where it will forge partnership with the GCF to undertake projects, guided by the Fund's framework and the ...

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