Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean, located to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola. With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. There are many more interesting facts about Jamaica, but here are just a few.
13 Interesting Facts about Jamaica
1. The name “Jamaica” comes from the Arawak Indian word that means Land of Wood and Water.
2. Music legends such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh are ranked among the most influential artists of the last century, who are from Jamaica.
3. Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean, and the third largest the Western Hemisphere excluding the U.S. and Canada.
4. It was the first English-speaking island to gain independence
5. Milk River Bath is a mineral spa known to be the most radioactive spa in the world.
6. Marcus Garvey, from Jamaica, led the largest and most influential movement to advance Black people’s interests in the world.
7. All public schools in Jamaica have the children recite the Lord’s Prayer every morning.
8. The world’s fastest man – Usain Bolt, is from Jamaica. He’s the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion.
9. Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the Winter Olympics.
10. 1845, it was was the third place in the Americas to build a modern railroad connecting Kingston and Spanish Town.
11. Jamaica is second only to the US for the number of World and Olympic medals won.
12. The Blue Mountains are named that for the mist that hovers over it and has a blue sheen.
13. The highest point is Blue Mountain Peak at 7,402 ft.