Description: Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, Jamaica remained a Spanish colony until captured by the English in 1655. It gained its independence in 1962, and is an important force in the tourism economy and politics of the Caribbean. This mountainous gem of an island (95 miles south of Cuba) is known for many things - but certainly on top of any list are the numerous idyllic beach resorts, local pirate history, Reggae music, culture and food, and of course, delicious Blue Mountain Coffee
Quick Facts and Figures
Official Name Jamaica
Capital City Kingston
Languages English, Creole
Official Currency Jamaican Dollar
Religions Protestant, others
Land Area 10,830 sq km (4,181 sq miles)
Highest Point Blue Mountain (2,256 meters)
Time and Date in Kingston
Caribbean Map, including all islands here
North American Map here
Jamaica Map, CIA version here
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CIA detailed Jamaica information here!
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