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Jamaica
Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...
Timeline of Events
1494
5.4.1494
Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica.
5.5.1494
Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
1655
5.10.1655
England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain.
1692
6.7.1692
Port Royal, Jamaica, is hit by a catastrophic earthquake; in just three minutes, 1,600 people are killed and 3,000 are seriously injured.
1865
10.11.1865
Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
1962
8.6.1962
Jamaica becomes independent.
9.18.1962
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations.
1966
4.21.1966
Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
1988
9.12.1988
Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.