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
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Vaccine Maitri: Consignment of covid vaccines airlifted for Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua - MintVaccine Maitri: Consignment of covid vaccines airlifted for Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua  Mint

Jamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers - Travel + LeisureJamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers  Travel + Leisure

Jamaica is finally being held to account for the violence suffered by LGBTQ+ people - The GuardianJamaica is finally being held to account for the violence suffered by LGBTQ+ people  The Guardian

Jamaica Begins New Restrictions to Curb Spread of COVID-19 - Voice of AmericaJamaica Begins New Restrictions to Curb Spread of COVID-19  Voice of America

Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary, dies in Jamaica at age 73 - Grand Island IndependentBunny Wailer, reggae luminary, dies in Jamaica at age 73  Grand Island Independent

Consignment of Made in India COVID-19 vaccines airlifted for Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua - ANI NewsConsignment of Made in India COVID-19 vaccines airlifted for Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua  ANI News

In Jamaica, the Caribbean's Ultimate Swim-Up Suites - Caribbean JournalIn Jamaica, the Caribbean's Ultimate Swim-Up Suites  Caribbean Journal

Reggae Icon Bunny Wailer Dies At 73; Jamaica Prime Minister Says Country Has Lost A Reggae Pioneer - VI ConsortiumReggae Icon Bunny Wailer Dies At 73; Jamaica Prime Minister Says Country Has Lost A Reggae Pioneer  VI Consortium

Dr Kristal McGreggor appointed to board of Team Jamaica Bickle - sportsmax.tvDr Kristal McGreggor appointed to board of Team Jamaica Bickle  sportsmax.tv

Jamaica's Potential Starting XI For The 2022 World Cup As They Plot To Call-Up 10 England Stars - SPORTbibleJamaica's Potential Starting XI For The 2022 World Cup As They Plot To Call-Up 10 England Stars  SPORTbible

Afro-Jamaican storytelling lecture series gains greater traction online - Jamaica GleanerAfro-Jamaican storytelling lecture series gains greater traction online  Jamaica Gleaner

WATCH: Disgust over 'big party' for social media star amid COVID spike - Loop News JamaicaWATCH: Disgust over 'big party' for social media star amid COVID spike  Loop News Jamaica

Louis Vuitton pays homage to the Jamaican flag, but gets the colours wrong - The Indian ExpressLouis Vuitton pays homage to the Jamaican flag, but gets the colours wrong  The Indian Express

Jamaicans Encouraged To Embrace Farming As A Viable Career Option - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaicans Encouraged To Embrace Farming As A Viable Career Option  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Ganja train may leave Jamaica behind – Shaw | Lead Stories - Jamaica GleanerGanja train may leave Jamaica behind – Shaw | Lead Stories  Jamaica Gleaner

A visit to Montego Bay, Jamaica, feels safe from COVID-19 - Chicago TribuneA visit to Montego Bay, Jamaica, feels safe from COVID-19  Chicago Tribune

Jamaica’s JamCOVID pulled offline after third security lapse exposed travelers’ data - TechCrunchJamaica’s JamCOVID pulled offline after third security lapse exposed travelers’ data  TechCrunch

Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle - The Indian ExpressJamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle  The Indian Express

Health Minister Welcomes 'Right To Know' Campaign - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceHealth Minister Welcomes 'Right To Know' Campaign  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica requiring negative coronavirus tests for travelers within 3 days of trip - Fox NewsJamaica requiring negative coronavirus tests for travelers within 3 days of trip  Fox News

Human Rights Body Calls for Repeal of Jamaica's Anti-LGBT Laws - Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Body Calls for Repeal of Jamaica's Anti-LGBT Laws  Human Rights Watch

Jamaica’s immigration website exposed thousands of travelers’ data - TechCrunchJamaica’s immigration website exposed thousands of travelers’ data  TechCrunch

Jamaica’s Amber Group fixes second JamCOVID security lapse - TechCrunchJamaica’s Amber Group fixes second JamCOVID security lapse  TechCrunch

Jamaica stiffens Covid test entry requirement - Travel WeeklyJamaica stiffens Covid test entry requirement  Travel Weekly

Jamaicans in Diaspora encouraged to invest in local ventures - Jamaica GleanerJamaicans in Diaspora encouraged to invest in local ventures  Jamaica Gleaner

View the American experience as a dream, not a nightmare – Jamaica-born vice-chair - Jamaica GleanerView the American experience as a dream, not a nightmare – Jamaica-born vice-chair  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica's Emerging Cannabis Industry Hit Hard by Natural Disasters - Green EntrepreneurJamaica's Emerging Cannabis Industry Hit Hard by Natural Disasters  Green Entrepreneur

U-Roy, Whose ‘Toasting’ Transformed Jamaican Music, Dies at 78 - The New York TimesU-Roy, Whose ‘Toasting’ Transformed Jamaican Music, Dies at 78  The New York Times

USMNT announce Jamaica friendly - Stars and Stripes FCUSMNT announce Jamaica friendly  Stars and Stripes FC

International Merchandise Trade November 2020 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceInternational Merchandise Trade November 2020  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

March 23 D-Day for Jamaica Premier League, says Williams - Jamaica ObserverMarch 23 D-Day for Jamaica Premier League, says Williams  Jamaica Observer

NFPB Says Human Rights Should Be Taught In Schools - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceNFPB Says Human Rights Should Be Taught In Schools  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government Provides Further Information on Vaccination Implementation Plan - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceGovernment Provides Further Information on Vaccination Implementation Plan  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

80-year-old veteran found murdered in his Jamaica Bay home - Wink News80-year-old veteran found murdered in his Jamaica Bay home  Wink News

Bands, instrument players get Jamaica Jazz festival off to fine start - Loop News JamaicaBands, instrument players get Jamaica Jazz festival off to fine start  Loop News Jamaica

Eye of the Brainstorm jams at Jazz festival tonight - Jamaica GleanerEye of the Brainstorm jams at Jazz festival tonight  Jamaica Gleaner

Japan Donates Medical Equipment Valued At $260 Million To Jamaica - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJapan Donates Medical Equipment Valued At $260 Million To Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Yohan Blake: Jamaican sprinter would ‘rather miss Tokyo Olympics than have Covid-19 vaccine’ - Evening StandardYohan Blake: Jamaican sprinter would ‘rather miss Tokyo Olympics than have Covid-19 vaccine’  Evening Standard

100 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service100 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions Wednesday Following Surge in Infections - Voice of AmericaJamaica Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions Wednesday Following Surge in Infections  Voice of America

Jamaica International Airport Picks COVID Testing/Vaccination Passport App - Travel AgentJamaica International Airport Picks COVID Testing/Vaccination Passport App  Travel Agent

Jamaica Just Updated Its Travel Protocols Caribbean Journal - Caribbean JournalJamaica Just Updated Its Travel Protocols Caribbean Journal  Caribbean Journal

The United States Hands Over J$13 Million Worth of Critical Hospital Emergency Equipment to the Government of Jamaica in Response to COVID-19 - US Embassy in JamaicaThe United States Hands Over J$13 Million Worth of Critical Hospital Emergency Equipment to the Government of Jamaica in Response to COVID-19  US Embassy in Jamaica

Jamaica to Receive Donation of COVID-19 Vaccines from India - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaica to Receive Donation of COVID-19 Vaccines from India  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Flight attendant fired after claiming she was ‘held hostage’ during quarantine in Jamaica - Washington PostFlight attendant fired after claiming she was ‘held hostage’ during quarantine in Jamaica  Washington Post

Gov't releases more information on COVID-19 vaccination plan - Jamaica GleanerGov't releases more information on COVID-19 vaccination plan  Jamaica Gleaner

MonkFit Looks To Make Mark In Health And Wellness - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMonkFit Looks To Make Mark In Health And Wellness  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Peter Espeut | Planning for indiscipline | Commentary - Jamaica GleanerPeter Espeut | Planning for indiscipline | Commentary  Jamaica Gleaner

Louis Vuitton 'Jamaica jumper' features wrong flag colours - The GuardianLouis Vuitton 'Jamaica jumper' features wrong flag colours  The Guardian

Suspect arrested in connection to Jamaica Bay homicide investigation in Lee County - Wink NewsSuspect arrested in connection to Jamaica Bay homicide investigation in Lee County  Wink News

Jamaica's England policy could present World Cup problems for Australia - The World GameJamaica's England policy could present World Cup problems for Australia  The World Game

60 Mining And Quarry Operators Benefit From Entrepreneurial Training - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service60 Mining And Quarry Operators Benefit From Entrepreneurial Training  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

SRHA Recognizes 975 Nurses and Midwives for Exceptional Service and Sacrifice - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceSRHA Recognizes 975 Nurses and Midwives for Exceptional Service and Sacrifice  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

How actress Tamara Lawrance connected to her Jamaican roots through her new PBS series - NBC NewsHow actress Tamara Lawrance connected to her Jamaican roots through her new PBS series  NBC News

Jamaicans Urged To Take Hearing Health Seriously - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJamaicans Urged To Take Hearing Health Seriously  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Letter of the Day | Have doctors joined the Jamaican hustle? - Jamaica GleanerLetter of the Day | Have doctors joined the Jamaican hustle?  Jamaica Gleaner

Beaches Ocho Rios All-Inclusive Reopens in Jamaica - Caribbean JournalBeaches Ocho Rios All-Inclusive Reopens in Jamaica  Caribbean Journal

Jamaica records seven more COVID deaths, 332 new cases - Loop News JamaicaJamaica records seven more COVID deaths, 332 new cases  Loop News Jamaica

An American flight attendant was alleged to have been kidnapped in Jamaica. Authorities say it was a lie. - NBC NewsAn American flight attendant was alleged to have been kidnapped in Jamaica. Authorities say it was a lie.  NBC News

Jamaican man charged with murder of male Jamaican partner in Canada - Loop News JamaicaJamaican man charged with murder of male Jamaican partner in Canada  Loop News Jamaica

Ja's ambassador lauds Caribbean contribution to US development - Jamaica GleanerJa's ambassador lauds Caribbean contribution to US development  Jamaica Gleaner

Chicago actress dies in Jamaica due to ‘complications from COVID’ - Stabroek NewsChicago actress dies in Jamaica due to ‘complications from COVID’  Stabroek News

Related Jamaica Day To Be Observed On February 26 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceRelated Jamaica Day To Be Observed On February 26  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Health Ministry Partners With RADA To Promote Healthy Eating - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceHealth Ministry Partners With RADA To Promote Healthy Eating  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Michail Antonio should choose to play for England over Jamaica, says West Ham manager David Moyes - Sky SportsMichail Antonio should choose to play for England over Jamaica, says West Ham manager David Moyes  Sky Sports

Open-concept design has extended to the bathroom, at least in one Jamaica Plain condo - Buying, Style - Boston.com Real Estate - Boston.comOpen-concept design has extended to the bathroom, at least in one Jamaica Plain condo - Buying, Style - Boston.com Real Estate  Boston.com

Michail Antonio: Striker will switch allegiance from England to Jamaica - The AthleticMichail Antonio: Striker will switch allegiance from England to Jamaica  The Athletic

U-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78 - NPRU-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78  NPR

HACKED! - Israeli company engaged by Jamaica targeted by cyber crooks - Jamaica GleanerHACKED! - Israeli company engaged by Jamaica targeted by cyber crooks  Jamaica Gleaner

'I rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine' – Blake - Jamaica Gleaner'I rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine' – Blake  Jamaica Gleaner

Super50 Cup 2021 Jamaica vs Guyana live stream, pitch and weather report, preview - Republic TVSuper50 Cup 2021 Jamaica vs Guyana live stream, pitch and weather report, preview  Republic TV

JAMCOVID Security Protocols Strengthened - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJAMCOVID Security Protocols Strengthened  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Louis Vuitton's sweater based on Jamaica's flag has the wrong colors. - InsiderLouis Vuitton's sweater based on Jamaica's flag has the wrong colors.  Insider

CANU awaiting intel from Jamaica for probe into 306lb cocaine find - Stabroek NewsCANU awaiting intel from Jamaica for probe into 306lb cocaine find  Stabroek News

Alarm raised over outdated election fingerprint software | Lead Stories - Jamaica GleanerAlarm raised over outdated election fingerprint software | Lead Stories  Jamaica Gleaner

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Is Going Virtual - Caribbean JournalThe Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Is Going Virtual  Caribbean Journal

Maluma Performs 'Agua de Jamaica' & Talks Farm Life During 'Ellen Show' Debut: Watch - BillboardMaluma Performs 'Agua de Jamaica' & Talks Farm Life During 'Ellen Show' Debut: Watch  Billboard

Jamaica Is Finalizing Export Agreements For Cannabis, Here's How The Global Market Is About To Change - Yahoo FinanceJamaica Is Finalizing Export Agreements For Cannabis, Here's How The Global Market Is About To Change  Yahoo Finance

Jamaica govt plans to help quick-service industry - Nation NewsJamaica govt plans to help quick-service industry  Nation News

Man in fatal St Ann garbage dispute charged - Jamaica GleanerMan in fatal St Ann garbage dispute charged  Jamaica Gleaner

Overseas Business Risk - Jamaica - GOV.UKOverseas Business Risk - Jamaica  GOV.UK

Bennett plays down Hydel's Champs chances | Sports - Jamaica GleanerBennett plays down Hydel's Champs chances | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

97-y-o woman dies of COVID-19 as Jamaica records 341 new infections - Jamaica Observer97-y-o woman dies of COVID-19 as Jamaica records 341 new infections  Jamaica Observer

Research And Development Critical In Boosting Productivity - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceResearch And Development Critical In Boosting Productivity  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Some Christians falling prey to moral decadence – JBU president - Jamaica GleanerSome Christians falling prey to moral decadence – JBU president  Jamaica Gleaner

Canada's Caribbean flight ban expected to cost Jamaica up to $449M, minister says - CBC.caCanada's Caribbean flight ban expected to cost Jamaica up to $449M, minister says  CBC.ca

Opposition Senator backs CPFSA investigation, chides 'careless oversight' - Jamaica GleanerOpposition Senator backs CPFSA investigation, chides 'careless oversight'  Jamaica Gleaner

1.8 million COVID vaccines secured from Africa for Jamaicans - Tufton - Loop News Jamaica1.8 million COVID vaccines secured from Africa for Jamaicans - Tufton  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica man arrested for homicide after allegedly crashing into good Samaritan near JFK Airport – QNS.com - QNS.comJamaica man arrested for homicide after allegedly crashing into good Samaritan near JFK Airport – QNS.com  QNS.com

'Jamaica cricket needs help' - WI star Gayle worried about state of sport in home country - sportsmax.tv'Jamaica cricket needs help' - WI star Gayle worried about state of sport in home country  sportsmax.tv

Jamaica's Hotels Convene to Plan Sustainable COVID-19 Tourism Recovery - TravelPulseJamaica's Hotels Convene to Plan Sustainable COVID-19 Tourism Recovery  TravelPulse

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Night 1: 'Phenomenal' Joe Davis sets stage ablaze - Jamaica GleanerJamaica Jazz and Blues Night 1: 'Phenomenal' Joe Davis sets stage ablaze  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaican scientists win international awards | Loop News - Loop News JamaicaJamaican scientists win international awards | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

Rev Carla Dunbar: Uses GYMM platform to assist couples, children - Jamaica GleanerRev Carla Dunbar: Uses GYMM platform to assist couples, children  Jamaica Gleaner

100 human trafficking victims rescued in Jamaica over the last decade - Jamaica Observer100 human trafficking victims rescued in Jamaica over the last decade  Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Night 1: High note signals festival's magical return - Jamaica GleanerJamaica Jazz and Blues Night 1: High note signals festival's magical return  Jamaica Gleaner

Related Discover Jamaica By Bike One Experience At A Time - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceRelated Discover Jamaica By Bike One Experience At A Time  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Maluma: #7DJ (7 Días En Jamaica) | Review - PitchforkMaluma: #7DJ (7 Días En Jamaica) | Review  Pitchfork

Ted Cruz went to Jamaica for July 4, flouting health guidelines: WaPo - Business InsiderTed Cruz went to Jamaica for July 4, flouting health guidelines: WaPo  Business Insider

Philadelphia CBP Discovers Five Unemployment Debit Cards on Passenger Returning from Jamaica - Customs and Border ProtectionPhiladelphia CBP Discovers Five Unemployment Debit Cards on Passenger Returning from Jamaica  Customs and Border Protection