Happy Independence Day, Jamaica!

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

Poverty and Crime

The luxurious tourist resorts and beautiful flora of Jamaica juxtapose the country’s widespread poverty and crime, most of which occurs in the packed and impoverished urban areas and gang neighborhoods. With one of the world’s highest murder rates, the Jamaican government and police have had to enlist its military and external help to subdue violent unrest and drug smuggling.


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