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Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.
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Population: Nearly 3 million people
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Area: 10,991 sq. kilometres
Languages: English and Jamaican Patois
Jamaica is an island nation, with Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s monarch.
Jamaica is the fourth largest island country in the Caribbean by area.
History and Government of Jamaica
- Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494. At the time, there were over 200 villages ruled by Indigenous tribes.
- He claimed Jamaica for Spain, and the first Spanish settlement was established in 1509 and was named Sevilla.
- In 1655, the Spanish were driven out of Ocho Rios in St. Ann by the English, led by Sir William Penn.
- In the 1600s, there were more white people than black, but due to the popularity of the slave trade, black people formed the majority of the population.
- Two-thirds of the white population in Jamaica during that time were Irish. Many of these people were prisoners who were sent to Jamaica for committing crimes in Europe.
- By 1660, Jamaica became a refuge for Jewish people.
- The installment of pirates around the borders of Jamaica were meant to keep out the Spanish from trying to recapture the country.
- While the United Kingdom had outlawed slavery by the 19th century, slaves were still smuggled in from Spanish colonies.
- In 1833, Great Britain formally abolished slavery in Jamaica.
- Jamaica gained full independence in 1962. The country flourished during its first few independent years, but left many Afro-Jamaicans feeling discouraged because the wealth and prosperity were not distributed equally.
- As of 2011, a survey showed that about 60% of Jamaicans would prefer to become a British territory again. (Source: Ghosh, Palash (29 June 2011). “Most Jamaicans Would Prefer To Remain British”. International Business Times)
Geography & Climate Of Jamaica:
- Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean.
- In the central part of the island you will find the Blue Mountains.
- Jamaica only has two cities – Kingston and Montego Bay, but there are many other tourist locations and resort towns on the island.
- Famous landmarks and tourist attractions include the famous Dunn’s River Falls, the Blue Lagoon, Port Royal, along with beautiful beaches scattered around the coastal regions.
- Jamaica’s climate is tropical, humid, and hot.
- Due to its location, Jamaica is prone to receiving hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean.
- Jamaica has many protected areas, and a range of ecosystems, including wetlands, caves, rivers, coral reefs, and rainforests.
- Due to the tropical climate, Jamaica has diverse eco- systems and a wide range of plants and animals.
- Trees such as bamboo, ebony, ferns, and mahogany can be found in the areas that receive a large amount of rainfall.
- Some animals found in Jamaica include bats, wild boars, crocodiles, iguanas, snakes, treefrogs, and various types of fish, both fresh- water, and saltwater fish.
- The national bird of Jamaica is the “doctor bird”, pictured to the left.
Culture & Athletics In Jamaica:
- Christianity is the largest practised religion in Jamaica, but the Rastafari movement is also strong.
- Jamaican culture has had a strong influence in the world.
- The music genres reggae, rocksteady, dancehall, and ska all originate from Jamaica. Reggae strongly influenced American rap music, and still does to this day.
- Famous musicians that are (or were) of Jamaican descent include Bob Marley (pictured to the right), Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Beenie Man,and Biggie.
- Ian Fleming, the writer of the James Bond novels, did a lot of his writing in Jamaica, and had alot of inspiration from the island.
- The movie Cool Runnings was loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team who tried to make it into the Winter Olympics. The sport of bobsledding is still popular in the country, and many tourists visit the Blue Mountains in order to bobsled down them.
- By far the most famous dish to eat in Jamaica is their world-famous jerk chicken, which is made with Jamaican jerk spice. Red Stripe beer and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee are also integral to Jamaican cuisine.
- The most popular sport in Jamaica is cricket, but track and field athletics, boxing, and football are also popular.
- Famous athletes from Jamaica include Usain Bolt, Trevor Berbick, Justin Masterson, and Elaine Thompson.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Jamaica Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Jamaica which is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Jamaica Facts.
- Jamaica Wordsearch.
- Jerk Chicken Dinner.
- Jamaica Crossword.
- Bob Marley Biography.
- Postcard from Jamaica.
- Tourism on the Island.
- Fact or Myth?
- Letter from the Island.
- Life of a Pirate.
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