Mongego Bay in Jamacia.
Jamaica definition by Webster's New World
country on an island in the West Indies, south of Cuba: a former colony, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1962): 4,411 sq mi (11,424 sq km); pop. 2,374,000; cap. Kingston
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- Jamaican adjective, noun
Jamaica definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An island country in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Arawaks, it was discovered by Columbus in 1494 and settled by the Spanish in 1509. The British captured the island in 1655, and it was formally ceded to Great Britain in 1670, becoming a crown colony in 1865. Jamaica became independent in 1962. Kingston is the capital and the largest city. Population: 2,780,000.
- Ja·maiˈcan adjective & n.
Jamaica - Cultural Definition
- It was the leading world sugar producer in the eighteenth century, when a large slave population grew up around sugar plantations.
- A British colony from 1865 to 1962, Jamaica then became completely independent.
- The country has a high level of poverty.
- Tourism is a major industry.