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Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba and west of

This is a map of Jamaica. Jamaica has about 2 million population and an area of 10,991 km2.

Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Tano peoples, the island came under
Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494.
With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous Anglophone country in the
Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth most populous country in the

The flag of Jamaica was adopted on August 6, 1962, the original Jamaican Independence
Day, the country having gained independence from the British-protected Federation of the
West Indies. The flag consists of a gold saltire, which divides the flag into four sections: two
of them green (top and bottom) and two black (hoist and fly).

Jamaican people
Jamaicans are the citizens of Jamaica and their descendants in the Jamaican diaspora. Most
Jamaicans are of African descent, with smaller minorities of Europeans, East Indians,
Chinese, Mixed-Race, and others.

Many Jamaicans now live overseas and outside Jamaica, while many have migrated to
Anglophone countries, including 900,000 Jamaicans in the United Kingdom, around 850,000
in the United States and 256,915 in Canada.

Christianity is the largest religion practised in Jamaica. Protestants form majority in the
country and there's a small Roman Catholic minority.
There is a small population of Jews, about 200, who describe themselves as LiberalConservative. The first Jews in Jamaica trace their roots back to early 15th century Spain and
Portugal. Other small groups include Muslims, who claim 5,000 adherents, as do the

Jamaica is regarded as a bilingual country, with two major languages in use by the
population. The official language is Jamaican Standard English or Standard Jamaican
English, which is "used in all domains of public life", including the government, the
legal system, the media, and education.

The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher
inland regions are more temperate. Some regions on the south coast, such as the
Liguanea Plain and the Pedro Plains, are relatively dry rain-shadow areas.
Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean and because of this, the
island sometimes suffers significant storm damage.

Jamaican Music
Though a small nation, Jamaican culture has a strong global presence. The musical
genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and
ragga all originated in the island's vibrant, popular urban recording industry.
Jamaica also played an important role in the development of punk rock, through
reggae and ska. The birth of hip-hop in New York City owed much to the city's
Jamaican community.

Sports in Jamaica
Sport is an integral part of national life in Jamaica and the island's athletes tend to
perform to a standard well above what might ordinarily be expected of such a small
country. While the most popular local sport is cricket, on the international stage
Jamaicans have tended to do particularly well at track and field athletics.
Over the past six decades Jamaica has produced dozens of world class sprinters
including Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, world record holder in the 100m
for men at 9.58s, and 200m for men at 19.19s.

Jamaican cuisine
The island is famous for its Jamaican jerk spice, which is integral to Jamaican
cuisine. Jamaica is also home to Red Stripe beer and Jamaican Blue Mountain

National symbols
National bird: red-billed streamertail (also called doctor bird) (a hummingbird,
Trochilus polytmus)
National flower lignum vitae (Guiacum officinale)
National tree: blue mahoe (Hibiscus talipariti elatum)
National fruit: ackee (Blighia sapida)
National motto: "Out of Many, One People."

Jamaica is a well known island for vacationing for many reasons. Its beautiful
beaches, colorful people and the relaxed way of life are just a few of the reasons to
keep you coming back.