Jamaica Description and Fact Sheet
Jamaica is often times referred to as a cultural superpower, because though a very small island nation, it\’s name and various aspects of it\’s culture especially music is world renowned. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is one of the larger set of islands referred to as the Greater Antilles. Jamaica\’s neighbors are Haiti to the north east, Cuba to the north and Cayman Islands to the north west. Jamaica is the third largest English speaking country in the western hemisphere and a founding member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Map of Jamaica
The majority of people living in Jamaica today are descendants of African slaves brought to Jamaica in the late 17th to early 19th centuries. There are also many people descended from Indians, Chinese whose forefathers migrated here to fill the large labour gap which resulted form the abolishing of slavery in 1834. Various other minority groups have migrated to Jamaica over the years which gives true meaning to the national motto \”Out of many One People\”
Population:. 2.7 Million (July 2005)
Size: 10, 991 sq. km.
Official Language: English
Time Zone: -5 GMT
I live and work in Jamaica’s capital – Kingston