Jamaica is a country in the Caribbean south of Cuba and south west of Haiti. Jamaica, like most of the other Caribbean islands, attracts a lot of tourists every year.
Jamaica is about 4,170 square miles of land which is mostly rugged. In 1962 Jamaica finally gained its independence. With Beautiful land, a struggling economy and a non ethnically diverse population Jamaica is more of an ideal vacation spot than a home.An island south of Cuba and south west of Haiti, Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is very rugged.
Jamaica is 4,244 square miles and is a little bit smaller than the size of Connecticut. It has many mountains. The two main mountains are the Blue Mountains with over 7,000 feet in elevation and the May Day Mountains in Manchester.
There are a couple plains in Jamaica such as the Pedros Plain, Georges Plain and Liguanea Plain in Kingston. Two major rivers in Jamaica are the Rio Magno River and Rio Minho River. There are partly drained swamps near the lower half of the Black River. There are no big lakes or deserts in Jamaica. The climate of Jamaica is mostly tropical and the early mornings and late nights can be chillier. The mountains and northern regions of Jamaica, however, can be cold in the fall and winter months. Jamaica has a lot of interesting geographical features and with beautiful beaches it is a great place to visit.
Jamaica has a simple history of how the people got there and how the country came to be. On May fifth 1494, Christopher Columbus found the Taino, the indigenous people who inhabited Jamaica. By 1509 most of the Arawak died off due to European diseases. African slaves were also brought into Jamaica to work on sugar plantations in 1509. Then in 1655 Jamaica was captured by 7,000 English soldiers who were supposed to land on Hispaniola.
Finally in 1838, slavery was abolished in Jamaica. In 1958 Jamaica became a part of the British-sponsored Federation of the West Indies, but then withdraws from it in 1961. Eventually on August sixth 1962, Jamaica gained its independence. The population of Jamaica is about 2,990,600. Jamaica is not ethnically diverse, the population is 92.1% Black, 6.1% mixed and other ethnicities include East Indian and unspecified.
Some other origins might be from Arawak or European people who once lived there. The population density for Jamaica is 258 people per square mile which is high in itself, but around Kingston, Montego Bay, and Port Esquivel it is especially crowded. The slave trade caused the 92.1% of the population to be Black. The history, although bland, was a crucial part of its culture. The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services and its natural resources. Jamaica, like other Caribbean islands, attracts many tourists which is how Jamica makes most of its money.
It is also rich with natural bauxite and alumina deposits. Agricultural processing, light manufacturing, rum, cement, paper, and chemical products are additional ways that Jamaica makes money. Jamaica produces a lot of agricultural products like sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, and yams. The most popular industry in Jamaica is the services industry with sixty four percent of the workforce working in it. The most important import in Jamaica is fuel and others are parts and machinery. The most important export in Jamaica is sugar, but Jamaica also exports a lot of bananas and coffee. The Gross Domestic Product per capita of Jamaica is about $4,870 United States dollars.
In comparison, Cuba’s Gross Domestic Product per capita, $11,900 , Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product per capita, $18,900 and Haiti’s Gross Domestic Product per capita 1,800. The average per capita Gross Domestic Product in the world is about $10,190. Jamaica’s per capita Gross Domestic Product is a lot lower than the average. Jamaica is a developing country and is barely able to increase its Gross Domestic Product. Jamaica is a country with rugged lands, a warm climate and many beaches.
It has a struggling economy that is only barely improving by the years. Jamaica’s history, although not very dramatic, is important to its culture and today’s society. With beautiful land, a struggling economy, and a non ethnically diverse population Jamaica is more of an ideal vacation spot than a place to live..