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Jamaica

[juh-mey-kuh] /dʒəˈmeɪ kə/
noun
1.
an island in the West Indies, S of Cuba. 4413 sq. mi. (11,430 sq. km).
2.
a republic coextensive with this island: formerly a British colony; became independent in 1962, retaining membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Capital: Kingston.
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British Dictionary definitions for Jamaica

Jamaica

/dʒəˈmeɪkə/
noun
1.
an island and state in the Caribbean: colonized by the Spanish from 1494 onwards, large numbers of Black slaves being imported; captured by the British in 1655 and established as a colony in 1866; gained full independence in 1962; a member of the Commonwealth. Exports: chiefly bauxite and alumina, sugar, and bananas. Official language: English. Religion: Protestant majority. Currency: Jamaican dollar. Capital: Kingston. Pop: 2 909 714 (2013 est). Area: 10 992 sq km (4244 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Jamaica
Jamaica
West Indian island, from Taino (Arawakan). The Jamaica in New York probably is a Delaware (Algonquian) word meaning "beaver pond" alt. by infl. of the island name.
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Jamaica in Culture

Jamaica definition


Nation in the West Indies, situated south of Cuba and west of Haiti, in the Caribbean Sea. Its capital and largest city is Kingston.

Note: It was the leading world sugar producer in the eighteenth century, when a large slave population grew up around sugar plantations.
Note: A British colony from 1865 to 1962, Jamaica then became completely independent.
Note: The country has a high level of poverty.
Note: Tourism is a major industry.
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