Where is Jamaica? The 6 W’s of Jamrock!

| April 6, 2012

The 6 W’s about Jamaica

Jamaica is a Caribbean Island located in the Greater Antilles. It is west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic (approximately191km), south of Cuba (approximately 145km), and north of the continent of South America.

When …

Christopher Columbus invited the eyes of the world to Jamaica in 1494. The island was ruled by the Spanish and later colonized by the British. On August 6, 1962 Jamaica became independent; in 2012 Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence.

What is Jamaica?

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. It is 234km in length and 80km in width amounting to 11000 square kilometers (4300sq miles). Jamaica hosts the seventh largest natural harbour in the world, Kingston harbour. Jamaica is home to the blue mountain and the world famous Blue Mountain Coffee. It’s the birthplace of the Rastafarian religion, reggae music and the legendary Bob Marley and the indigenous doctor bird. It is also the home of the late Louise Bennett-Coverly, Lenard P. Howell and Marcus Garvey. The country has produced many world class sprinters such as Asafa Powell, Herb Mckenley and Shelly-Ann Frazer and the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. Jamaica is the location of the first James Bond movie. Islanders and tourists love to feast in the country’s world famous jerk chicken, ackee and codfish, run dung and rum. The island is the home of the sunshine girls and the reggae boys, and the world famous Bob Sled team, with tourist attractions such as Dunn’s River Fall, YS falls, the Blue Lagoon, Treasure Beach, Alligator Pond and Port Royal.

Who are Jamaicans?

Jamaicans are fun, friendly and hardworking people. They are known for their patriotism, warmth, hospitality, and loving spirit. In 2009, the Happy Planet Index ranked Jamaica as the third happiest country in the world…“Cool runnings mon!”

How is Jamaica?

Jamaicans value education as well as entertainment and recreation. However, economically the country is at a low, with little jobs available for its graduates, and unemployment on the rise. Regardless of the country’s economical standing, Jamaica remains a wonderful place for tourism, it is great for investors and you will always have a ‘boonoonoos’ time!

Why is Jamaica Special?

Jamaicans always look out for humanity and they are always ‘irie’ and warm. The world loves Jamaicans because of their creative and helping spirit. Jamaicans are known throughout the world due to their positive outlook on life and persistent attitude. Jamaicans are talented people who are represented in every area of life. We are ‘large’ in sports; athletes and netball. We are keen in beauty and good in academics. ‘Wi likle but wi talawa’….out of many we are one.

Famous Jamaicans

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers (1963–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. Courtesy Wikipedia

 

Usain Bolt

Fastest man alive - Usain Bolt

The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, C.D. born 21 August 1986), is a sprinter and a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist. He is the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and (along with his teammates) the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events. Courtesy Wikipedia

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

Mary Jane Seacole (1805 – 14 May 1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War. She set up and operated boarding houses in Panama and the Crimea to assist in her desire to treat the sick. Seacole was taught herbal remedies and folk medicine by her mother, who kept a boarding house for disabled European soldiers and sailors. Courtesy Wikipedia

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