Happy Independence Day, Jamaica!

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  • The Maroons
  • Independence Day
  • 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

A Time for Change

In 1962, Jamaica gained independence within the British Commonwealth. Alexander Bustamente of the Jamaican Labor Party (JLP) would become prime minster. A decade of strong economic growth thanks to strong private investments in natural resources, tourism and more gave way to an economic deterioration in the 1980s.

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