Sunday, September 1, 2013

Facts About Jamaica

Geography: Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea, also called "The West Indies". It is south of Cuba and 546 miles away from Miami,Florida. Jamaica is also the third largest island of the Greater Antilles, and the fifth largest island country in the Caribbean.

The 14 parishes in Jamaica are: Hanover, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Trelawny, Westmoreland, Clarendon, Manchester, Saint Ann, Saint Catherine, Saint Mary, Kingston, Portland, Saint Andrew, and Saint Thomas.

Jamaican Flag:
  • Green stands for agricultural resources and hope for a better future.
  • Yellow/Gold stands for sunshine and natural wealth.
  • Black stands for the hardships of Jamaica. 
Dr. Bird:
 The humming bird is Jamaica's National Bird. There is a belief that bad fortunes comes to those who kills the Dr. Bird, however these birds are clever and difficult to kill.

Coat of Arms:
  • The Pineapple represents the fact that it is an indigenous fruit.
  • The Tainos (The man and the woman) represents that they are the first inhabitants.
  • The Crocodile represents that this animal is the most indigenous of reptiles in the country.
  • The Royal Helmet and Mantlings represents the distinction provided by the Britain.
Although it is native to West Africa, ackee is Jamaica's national fruit. This fruit is very poisonous and deadly if not cooked properly. Ackee is usually eaten with saltfish making the meal Jamaica's national dish.

Lignum Vitae:
This is Jamaica's national flower. The flower was founded by Christopher Colombus and means "wood of life" in latin.

Other Facts:
  1.  Although Patwa is most spoken in Jamaica, English is the official language of Jamaica.
  2. 91.2% of Jamaicans are black, 6.2% are mixed, and 2.6% are other or unknown.
  3. Most popular sports are soccer/football, Track and Field, and Cricket.
  4. Christianity is the most practiced religion in Jamaica.
  5. Jamaica gained independence from Britain in August 6, 1962.
  6. Xaymaca was the name of Jamaica before Europeans colonized the land. Xaymaca means "Land of Wood and Water".

Go to  This Site if you want to know how to speak Jamaican.