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
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Letter of the Day | Pride in Jamaica - Jamaica Gleaner

Letter of the Day | Pride in Jamaica
Jamaica Gleaner
This year, thousands of members of the local and diasporic Jamaican LGBT community and allies celebrated Pride in Jamaica. Throughout the week, I reflected on my own sense of pride and what it meant to be young, black, and gay in Jamaica, and how ...



J'Aristotle's Jottings | Hats off to heroes among us - Jamaica Gleaner

J'Aristotle's Jottings | Hats off to heroes among us
Jamaica Gleaner
It's 3 a.m., well before cock crow. The alarm goes off - time to get up and go to training. Jamaica's athletes are on the move, tracking and fielding, preparing for the moment when they will make us proud. We have become so used to them winning, so ...

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Jamaica captures bronze in CAC Team Chess - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica captures bronze in CAC Team Chess
Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica secured the bronze trophy at the 16th Annual Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Tournament, hosted in Panama, with a dramatic finish during the last round yesterday. Entering the ninth and final round behind regional chess ...



Two Western Union in Spanish Town to be closed - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Two Western Union in Spanish Town to be closed
Jamaica Gleaner
Western Union and GraceKennedy commenced operations in Jamaica in 1990 and currently have an agent network of more than 140 locations across every parish, helping to connect Jamaica to more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

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Business - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Business
Jamaica Observer
“This is a major milestone for the Government of Jamaica, in that the portal covers all the services offered by the ministries, departments and agencies of government, and links to not only critical institutions, but processes including passport and ...



OJ for Cliff Stone after 50 years of service to nation - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

OJ for Cliff Stone after 50 years of service to nation
Jamaica Observer
CLIFTON George Whyms Stone, a modest public servant who has served the trade union movement, the political and public sectors, as well as the diplomatic service since 1965, is among the five Jamaicans who will this year be awarded the Order of Jamaica ...
J'cans will design, build new Parliament building - UDCJamaica Gleaner

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Latest News - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Latest News
Jamaica Observer
WASHINGTON , United States (JIS) — The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to students pursuing tertiary studies in Jamaica and Atlanta, Georgia. The presentations were made at the AJA's annual Independence ...

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Portland Just Got Four New Jamaican Restaurants—We Tried Them All - Willamette Week

Willamette Week

Portland Just Got Four New Jamaican Restaurants—We Tried Them All
Willamette Week
The breadth of their menus varies considerably, from six items to 40, but everyone serves jerk chicken, Jamaica's sweet-hot barbecue plate slathered in the country's trademark jerk sauce made with allspice and Scotch bonnet, usually served up with slaw ...

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Shaneke Williams kicked out of Miss Jamaica World pageant - Loop Jamaica

Loop Jamaica

Shaneke Williams kicked out of Miss Jamaica World pageant
Loop Jamaica
Spartan Health Club, the franchise holder of the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant, has now barred controversial figure Shaneke Williams from entering the competition. Williams was freed of sex-related charges earlier this year, and her initial ...
Hanna wants Shaneke Williams removed from MJW pageantJamaica Observer

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Jamaica on path to Economic Independence - Magnetic Media (press release)

Jamaica on path to Economic Independence
Magnetic Media (press release)
United States, August 16, 2017 – Washington – Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, says Jamaica is firmly on the path to attaining the true national mission of this generation, that of achieving and establishing ...

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