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Blue Lagoon
Cockpit Country
Dunn's River Falls Waterfall
Port Royal Town

Timeline

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1960/00/00 Folkes Brothers Performer Recorded by Jamaican vocal trio the Folkes Brothers (John, Mico and Junior Folkes) and produced by Prince Buster at RJR studios in Kingston, "Oh Carolina" is released. Oh Carolina

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Ackee Fruit Ackee fruit hangs Jamaica
Ackee Vegetable Ackee fruit hangs Jamaica
Ackee and Saltfish
Bammy Bakery Goods
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Peg bread


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Red Stripe Beer
Dragon Stout Beer

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Location

Island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba - The World Factbook

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Particulars for Jamaica:
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Demonym: Jamaican
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 85


History »

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 increased its 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. - The World Factbook

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
54-46 That's My Number Song Toots and The Maytals Toots and The Maytals are from Kingston, Jamaica
Israelites Song Desmond Dekker and The Aces Desmond Dekker grew-up in Kingston, Jamaica
Oh Carolina Song Folkes Brothers The Folkes Brothers were a Jamaican ska group.
Papillon Film Franklin J Schaffner "Papillon" cave scenes were filmed beneath the cliffs of Negril, near what is now the Xtabi hotel
Pressure Drop Song Toots and The Maytals Toots and The Maytals are from Kingston, Jamaica
The Harder They Come Film Perry Henzell The Harder They Come is set in Kingston, Jamaica
Wide Sargasso Sea Book Jean Rhys Setting

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