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Around the Globe — Jamaica

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

All strapped in and ready to go? Today we’re off to visit a country rich with both an exotic tropical beauty, and an equally exotic history of slaves and pirates…

Thursday, September 17, 2015

While we’re on the way, I’ll tell you a bit about Jamaica’s history. Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean. In 1494, Christopher Columbus arrived and claimed the island for Spain. For the next 150 years, Jamaica was a Spanish colony, called Santiago. In 1655, the British conquered Jamaica and the Spanish colonists fled, freeing their black slaves to escape into the mountains. The British continued to bring slaves from Africa to work on the many sugar plantations, making Jamaica the world’s biggest sugar producer. 


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