Jamaica is an island nation situated below the United States. An island surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is renowned for its beautiful lush landscape and mostly pleasant tropical weather. Jamaica encompasses a total of 4,240 square miles and has a population of 2,889,187. Its currency is the Jamaican dollar and its national anthem is “Jamaica, Land We Love.” The largest city is Kingston and the official language is English—although the national language is “Jamaica Patois,” a mix of English and creole with West African influences.
Hundreds of years ago Jamaica was under ownership of Spain and, in 1655, it came under the control of England. Jamaica did not gain independence from the United Kingdom until 1962. Most of the Jamaican population (over 70%) consists of the ancestors of African slaves. Although Jamaica is a beautiful island with many offerings for tourists, it also has serious problems with crime and poverty. Many of the social and economic problems of the island are discussed in music. In fact, Jamaica is famous for its music called “reggae” and steel drum bands.
Below is a list of five things that are associated with Jamaica:
Jamaica is an island nation that has beautiful weather and crystal clear waters. Hence, it is surrounded by beaches that are regaled by tourists and natives alike. Most travel brochures that offer trips to Jamaica feature beach scenes since the sand and the sun are the main reasons most people travel to the island.
Bob Marley was the most famous reggae singer in history. Bob Marley was born in Jamaica and used his music as a way to make social commentaries about the problems that plagued his homeland. At present his son, Damien Marley, has followed the same path.
Track and field is a hugely popular sport in Jamaica. At present the fastest man in the world is Usain Bolt who was born and raised in Jamaica and still resides there. Usain Bolt has won multiple medals for his sprinter skills, including Olympic gold medals!
Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica. It is also one of the most well-known and regaled areas in Jamaica. A beautiful resort town, the Montego Bay area is fairly safe and is thereby a favorite spot for honeymooners.
Reggae is a form of music that is authentic to the Caribbean islands. It takes its origins from the West African tradition of drum beats, however it uses uniquely-island steel drums to create most of its melodies (hence, the reason why steel drum bands are also associated with the islands). Reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s but has since spread to many other islands too.