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
  • Poverty and Crime
  • Jamaica All Over the World

Spanish Rule

By the time Italian explorer and colonizer Christopher Columbus arrived in the small island country in 1494, there were more than 200 village sites inhabited by the indigenous Taino people who originated from South America. Europe’s westward expansion in the early 1500s brought Spanish occupation, diseases that killed much of the indigenous community and the transatlantic slave trade.

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