Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1494, It was inhabited by the Arawak and Taino indigenous people, originating from South America.

Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it became an English, and later a British, colony, known as “Jamaica”. It achieved full independence in 1962. It remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Kingston is the country’s largest city and the capital.

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A country with an interesting history, pirates, slavery and reggae music and people from all over the world have settled there. The official language is English, but Jamaican Patois is widely spoken, in fact most children only learn English on starting school.



Jamaica to break links with Queen, says Prime Minister Simpson Miller

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says it's time for Jamaica to have complete independence

Jamaica’s new Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has said she intends to make the island a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as the head of state.

In her inaugural address, Ms Simpson Miller said the time had come for Jamaica to break with the British monarchy and have its own president.

The announcement comes ahead of celebrations to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence from Britain.

The Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, is due to the visit the island this year.

‘Time come’

“I love the Queen, she is a beautiful lady, and apart from being a beautiful lady she is a wise lady and a wonderful lady,” Ms Simpson Miller said after swearing the oath of office.

“But I think time come”.

“As we celebrate our achievements as an independent nation, we now need to complete the circle of independence,” the prime minister added.

In response, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said “the issue of the Jamaican head of state was entirely a matter for the Jamaican government and people”

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