Visited by Columbus in 1494, Jamaica was colonized by the Spanish, who enslaved or killed the native people. Both the Spanish and the British, who took the island by force in 1655, imported slaves, mainly to work on sugar plantations. Self-government was achieved in 1944, and in 1962 Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth state
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- Apparently the BeeWee plane was just in from Trinidad, bringing with it many Jamaicans who had gone to Trinidad to Carnival.
- Curaçaons are as mad about dominoes as Jamaicans or Barbadians.
- When it comes to saying goodbye, the Jamaicans have a single word for it, delivered, usually, with a light nod or a hint of a wave.
Definition of Jamaica in:
- The US English dictionary