Jamaica is the third-largest Caribbean island and the most populous of the British Commonwealth nations in the region. Jamaica is a island , whose name is derived from the Arawak Indian word Xaymaca, is situated about 90 miles south of Cuba. Approximately 76% of the population of about 2.7 million people can trace their ancestry to Africans brought to the island between the 16th and early 19th centuries. About 15% have a mixed African and European heritage and about 3% are white. The remaining 4% is of Afro-Chinese and Afro-East Indian heritage.
A majority of inhabitants practice Anglican, Baptist, and other Protestant religions, and about 4% are Roman Catholic . About 35% of Jamaicans are active worshipers in other denominations and sects, of which the Rastafarian are the largest group.