Situated to the south of Cuba and in the west of Haiti, Jamaica is a picturesque island located in the Caribbean archipelago. The island is made up of coastal lowlands, the Blue Mountains, a group of volcanoes in the east, and a limestone plateau. Jamaica is the 3rd largest island of the Greater Antilles, and is also the 3rd most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the US and Canada. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State, since Jamaica remains a Commonwealth Realm.
Jamaica was first inhabited by the Arawak Indians after the great navigator Columbus explored the islands in 1494 and named it as St. Iago. The islands were under Spanish rule until the British conquest in 1655. The maroons and the armed bands of freed slaves constantly attacked the British which led to the abolishment of the slave trade in 1807 and the emancipation of slaves in 1833. Jamaica attained internal autonomy in 1953, and became independent on 6th August 1962. Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II serving as the Governor General of Jamaica.
The majority of the population In Jamaica comprises of people following the Protestant Church of God (61.3%), followed by Baptist, Anglican, Seventh - day Adventist, Pentecostal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches. The official languages of the islands are English and Jamaican Creole. Jamaica’s climate is tropical, with humid, hot weather. The summers are quite strong while the winters mild.
Jamaica is the birthplace of the legendary Reggae artist Bob Marley. This lively island country is full of crystal blue beaches, and gorgeous rivers and valleys all offering a gamut of fun-filled maritime activities like sailing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing, as well as terrestrial activities like camping, hiking and golfing.
Situated to the south of Cuba and in the west of Haiti, Jamaica is a picturesque island located in the Caribbean archipelago. The island is made up of...