Happy Independence Day, Jamaica!

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  • Out of Many, One People
  • Spanish Rule
  • British Rule
  • The Maroons
  • Independence Day
  • A Time for Change
  • Government and Politics
  • Natural Resources
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  • Jamaica All Over the World

Out of Many, One People

Jamaica might be a small island, but its cultural dominance across the globe makes this Caribbean country a mighty force. Because Aug. 6 marks Jamaica’s 51st year of independence from British rule, BET.com has compiled a timeline of the nation’s history and several landmark moments. — Patrice Peck  

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