60 Interesting Facts About Jamaica Which Cover Its History, Geography, Famous People, Food, Culture, Economy, Famous Monuments and Much More.
Jamaica is the 140th most populous country in the world. It has an area of 10,991 square kilometers. It is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. Its capital and largest city is Kingston. English is the official language and Jamaican Patois is the national language of Jamaica. The Jamaican dollar (JMD) is its currency. The natives or inhabitants of Jamaica are called Jamaicans.
It is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles. Although many people associate Jamaica with coconuts, rum, and nice accents, the country has much more to offer. With these 60 interesting facts about Jamaica, let’s learn more about its history, culture, flag man, reggae music and some strange and fun facts.
1. Native Jamaicans grow corn and yams. Today Jamaica is famous for growing sugarcane, bananas and mangoes, none of which are indigenous.
2. Jamaica produces Blue Mountain coffee, a very popular and expensive coffee that is popular all over the world. It is one of the rarest cavas in the world.
3. In 1988, Jamaica was the first tropical country to send a bobsleigh team to the Winter Olympics (Bobsleigh is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make runs down narrow, winding, bent, icy tracks in gravity. powered sleds. The runs, which are synchronized, are combined to calculate the final score).
4. More than 200 species of exotic orchids live in Jamaica, 73 of which are native.
5. With 3 winners and 3 runners-up in Miss World competitions, Jamaica truly boasts some of the most beautiful women in the world.
6. In 1994, Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean to launch a website – www.jamaicatravel.com.
7. Jamaica, Kool Herc, is responsible for creating rap and hip-hop music. On August 11, 2017, Google celebrated the 44th anniversary of hip-hop with Doodle on its homepage.
8. Manchester Golf Club, founded in Jamaica in 1865, is the oldest golf club in the Western Hemisphere.
9. Although Jamaicans are predominantly Christian, the people of Jamaica are among the oldest on the island.
10. The Healing Waters of Jamaica is composed of several natural mineral baths and hot springs believed to have therapeutic properties.
11. Oddly enough, Rastafarians make up less than 5% of the total population of Jamaica.
12. AT&T copied Jamaica’s telephone system.
13. Although they may be spoken widely, Jamaican Creole or Patois is not a written language.
14. Kingston Harbor Jamaica is the seventh largest natural harbor in the world.
15. Jamaica has one of the largest numbers of rum bars per square mile – a pleasant surprise to many visiting rum connoisseurs.
16. Cranberries are a sought-after luxury item in Jamaica.
17. Jamaica has more lugar-born children (in which the mother carries two or more offspring.) than any other country in the world.
18. In 1688. Jamaica was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service.
19. 19. The recitation of the Lord’s Prayer is a required part of morning assemblies in all public schools.
20. Jamaica was the first commercial banana producer in the Western world.
21. Chicken is perhaps the real leader among Jamaican meat-eaters.
22. Jamaica is home to the world’s fastest man, Yusein Bolt.
23. As far back as the late 1400s, Christopher Columbus called Jamaica “the most beautiful island he had ever seen.”
24. Jamaica is one of the happiest places in the world.
25. Milk River Winery is known to be the most radioactive mineral spa in the world.
26. The most common greeting in Jamaica is a firm handshake accompanied by direct eye contact and a truly warm smile. Once they are properly introduced and friendship is made, women will occupy and kiss each cheek, beginning with the right.
27. In Jamaican culture, it is appropriate to wait until invited before using a new acquaintance’s name.
28. Table manners in Jamaica are “continental. This means that the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right. Meals are usually served buffet style, and guests present themselves generously. It is considered polite to taste everything offered, and finishing each item on one’s plate is a sign of good manners.
29. The island of Jamaica has one of the largest numbers of churches per capita in the world.
30. Family is essential and includes a close-knit web of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
31. Trust (or rather, distrust of authority) is a major part of Jamaican culture. Jamaicans prefer to trust friends and family than to trust any person who has “official” status. For example, they prefer to form a “partner” with friends and family rather than go to the bank for a financial loan.
32. Because its residents come from all four corners of the world, Jamaican cuisine is literally a melting pot of many culinary influences. The country’s national dish is Ackee and Saltfish, with chicken-burst, goat or lamb, and oxtail with broad beans.
33. Despite the many difficulties Jamaicans face, they are generally a quiet people. The popular phrase “No problem, nn” or view is a fairly accurate summation of the Jamaican attitude.
34. Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean. Although the national language of Jamaica is English, most people speak Patois, an English-speaking Creole with a strong CFA influence.
35. Honor Louise Bennett Coverley (Mes Lu) is often considered a cultural hero of Jamaica. She played a major role in promoting Patois as a legitimate (and well-known) means of communication.
36. In 1962 Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to gain independence from the United Kingdom.
37. Despite its claim to independence, Jamaica chose to remain a member of the Commonwealth. Therefore, Queen Elizabeth II is still their head of state.
38. In 1845, 20 years after the first railroad was built in Great Britain, Jamaica became the first western country outside of Europe and North America to build railroads.
39. The original inhabitants of Jamaica were Taino. Unfortunately, when conquered by Spain, the Taino came desperately close to extinction through slavery and disease.
40. During the 19th century, many Spanish and British countries helped settle Jamaica with freed African slaves. Today many people are direct descendants of these early settlers.
41. In 1997 Jamaica made history by becoming the first English-speaking country in the Caribbean to qualify for the World Cup.
42. Rum, Jamaica’s national drink, has been an important part of the country’s history since the 17th century.
43. Jamaica’s national motto, “Out of Many, One Nation,” was officially proclaimed in 1962.
44. Jamaica’s national flag is one of only two in the world that have no color in common with the American flag. I wonder which one is the other? It is the flag of Mauritania.
45. Jamaica was the first country to take a stand and formally impose economic sanctions against the former apartheid regime in South Africa.
46. Every time they leave the country, tourists must pay a $22 exit fee.
47. As the backbone of its economy, tourism is Jamaica’s most important industry.
48. Jamaica values hospitality, so the country’s two airports have VIP lounges to welcome tourists with that authentic Jamaican vibe.
49. Around the island there are 50 public beaches open to tourists. The most famous are Negril Beach and Doctor’s Cave in Montego Bay.
50. For the past few years, Jamaica has been consistently ranked among the top five tourist destinations in the world.
51. Bob Marley’s “Legend” is the nay-realized reggae record of all time.
52. Worth a whopping $22 million, Shaggy is the richest living reggae performer. If Bob Marley were still alive, analysts predict he would be worth $130,000,000.
53. Reggae was developed almost accidentally in Kingston after rocksteady, which originated after ska.
54. Since its invention, reggae has become a vessel for musicians to express political and social views. It has been associated with the Rastafari movement for many years.
55. Over 200 reggae festivals are held each year around the world.
56. In Jamaica, they drive on the left side of the road.
57. There are only 8 species of snakes indigenous to Jamaica, and none of them are venomous.
58. Port Royal in Jamaica used to be called “the meanest town on earth.”
59. Jan Flemming wrote all 14 James Bond novels when he lived in Jamaica.
60. The second major indigenous people of Jamaica were the Arawaks. They called this island “Xaymaca,” which means “Land of Wood and Water.”
Facts about Jamaica you didn’t know
1. Jamaica is a remote, beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea and the country of the same name that occupies this island.
2. The island of Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus. Jamaica is the third largest of all Caribbean islands.
3.The name of the country comes from the word “Haimaka,” which translates from the Arawak Indian language as “land of springs.”
4. In the 17th century, Jamaica became the first English colony in the Caribbean. Actually, it was the Spaniards who colonized the island, but the British recaptured it by force.
5. Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to gain its independence.
6. Nature generously endowed Jamaica incredible beauty, attracting many tourists who want to lie on the snow-white beaches of Jamaica and swim in the warm sea.
Beaches in Jamaica
7. Jamaica is famous for its beaches, there are about seventy.
8. The average temperature in Jamaica is about the same in winter and summer – 25 degrees Celsius. It is an eternal summer.
9. Among all Caribbean countries, Jamaica is the champion in the number of sunny days per year.
10. More than 60% of the country’s population works in the service sector.
The city of Kingston is the capital of the country.
11. The capital city, Kingston is the largest English-speaking city in the entire Caribbean region.
12.Some areas of the capital are unsafe at night.
13. The oldest golf club in the Western Hemisphere is called Manchester. It is located near Kingston, the capital of Jamaica.
Montego City in Jamaica
14. The official language is English. But commonly spoken by most Jamaicans is Patois, a mixture of English and African dialects.
15. In 1962 Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain. However, according to the Constitution, the head of state is still the Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
16. 16. 90% of people in Jamaica are of the Negro race. Another 6% are mulatto and the rest are white.
17. In Jamaica there are many different commemorative coins from different years of issuance, and there are a lot of them indeed.
18. The local currency is also called a dollar. The dollar, however, is Jamaican.
19. At the end of the 17th century, Jamaica was a stronghold of Caribbean pirates. There was even a “pirate capital” on the island, Port Royal.
20. When this city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692, the Spaniards, who suffered most from pirate attacks, declared that God himself had destroyed the “nest of vice.”
21. The most popular sport in Jamaica is not soccer, but running, and short distance running.
22. The fastest male and female runners are Jamaicans. Yes, running is indeed an honor here.
23. Jamaica is the birthplace of the fastest man on Earth, Usain Bolt.
24. Jamaica is the region where most twins are born. The reason for this phenomenon is still unknown.
25. Jamaica got its own web-site earlier than other countries of the region – in 1994.
The butterfly sailboat
26. Jamaica is home to giant two-tailed butterflies (aka sailfish butterflies), the second largest of all butterflies in the world.
27. The majority of the country’s population professes Christianity in various forms.
28.Jamaica has the highest number of churches per capita. Even school classes begin with general prayer.
29. Jamaica is the birthplace of musical styles such as soul, dub, calypso, ska and reggae. Reggae became especially popular thanks to the famous Bob Marley, a native of Jamaica.
30. Jamaica has the highest percentage of large families in the world.
31. Endemic native bird, the Hummingbird, is the national symbol of Jamaica. It is also called the doctor bird.
32. Numerous hurricanes pass through Jamaica every year causing considerable damage to the island’s infrastructure.
33. Jamaica is the first tropical country whose athletes participated in the Winter Olympics (1988, Calgary).
34. it was the national bobsleigh team, and a feature film “Cool Runnings” was even made about its adventures.
35. Jamaica ranks second in the world for the number of medals won at the Summer Olympics. Only the United States has managed to overtake this small country.
Blue Mountains in Jamaica
36. One of the famous local natural attractions in Jamaica is the Blue Mountains. They get their name because they really seem blue. This effect is achieved by the fog that envelops the mountain peaks.
37. The official language in Jamaica is English, which makes it easier to communicate with the locals. However, the local dialect of English is very peculiar.
38. Jamaica is in fourth place in the list of countries whose representatives more often than others received first place in the Miss World beauty pageants. Only girls from Great Britain, Venezuela and India brought more titles to their countries.
39. Legendary musician Bob Marley, whose graffiti and posters can be seen everywhere, was born here.
40. The first state-run motion picture studio in the Caribbean came to Jamaica.
41. Only slightly more than half of all Jamaicans, about 53%, live in cities.
42. The first railroad in Jamaica appeared even earlier than in the United States. It is the oldest railroad line in the entire Western Hemisphere.
43. Jamaica’s post office is the oldest in the region. It began operating in 1688.
44. The Jamaican Air Force has several planes and helicopters.
45. One of Jamaica’s resorts, Milk River, is considered the most radioactive resort in the world.
46. The commercial production of rum in the Caribbean first started here once upon a time.
47. Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to supply rum to the United States and Europe.
48. In Jamaica the age of majority is 18, but you can buy and consume alcohol at any age – from 6 till 90. It is allowed to drink there even in public places.
49. Getting married in Jamaica is possible only after reaching 34 years of age.
50. Jamaica is an interesting Caribbean country with beautiful beaches and the sea, but problems such as poverty and unemployment are also present.