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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, 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 withdrew from the Federation in 1961 and gained full independence 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.

 

Jamaica Flag
Flag

Jamaica Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
2,812,090 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Central America and the Caribbean
Area:
total= 10,991 sq km

Government:
Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy
Capital:
Kingston

Internet Code:
.jm

Airports:
28 (2013)

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Jamaica Locater
Locater

Jamaica Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
JAMAICA
Mission/Frame: ISS006-E-7613
Spacecraft Altitude: 213 nautical miles (394 km)
Features:
KINGSTON, AIRPORT, REEFS

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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