Dalton Wright provided a brief history of Jamaica. It is the third larges island in the Caribbean Sea.  There were indigenous people there when Columbus discovered it in 1494.  The plantation owners planned on the indigenous people to work on the plantations, but they all died from the diseases brought in.  That’s when the African people were imported. 
  When the Spanish were expelled by the British, the people of the African Ashanti Tribe took advantage of their knowledge and expertise in guerilla warfare.  Queen Nanny of  Ghana and the Maroons were able to defeat the British in 1801 in a famous battle, and therefore, treaties were made.  The treaties were broken and Sam Shark, an educated man, knew the slaves could be liberated.  He started a huge rebellion in 1834 which killed a lot of British so the slaves were all declared free.
Jamaica became an independent country in 1962, although they still follow the protocol of the Monarchy.
  Over the years, Jamaica has had a lot of immigrants from many countries including China, Germany, and Irish plus many more countries.  It has become a very inclusive country with a strong belief in multiculturalism. 
Story by Dyann Chenault.
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