Culture,Economics,Geography,and Politics

Jamaica has one of the most of the unique and interesting cultures in the world


The music of Bob Marley changed the world, but in Jamaica he did more than just influence music. He was a voice for human rights, social justice, and racial equality. Also he was able to straddle the political conflict that was tearing Jamaica apart in the 1970’s and in some cases was the only person able to facilitate dialogue between factions.

Peter Tosh, (September 1987) was a Jamaican born Ragae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers After which he established himself as a successful solo artist and a promoter of Rastafarian. He was murdered in 1987 during a home invasion.



Jamaican food has many mixtures of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the fatish people on the island of Jamaican islands of Spanish, Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical Southeast Asia.

Jamaican food includes various dishes from the different cultures brought to the island with the arrival of people from elsewhere. Other dishes are novel or a fusion of techniques and traditions. In addition to ingredients that are native to Jamaica, many foods have been introduced and are now grown locally. A wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available.

Jamaican Jerk Pork



Usain Bolt (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican track sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters  world records  since fully AUTOMATIC measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4 x 100 relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a double double by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics, and topped this through the first double triple.

Jamaica takes pride in Usain Bolt's success. He is basically the face of the country.

The Jamaica national football team is controlled by the Jamaica Football Federation. Jamaica is typically one of the top ranked teams in CONCACAF and has won the Caribbean Cup five times.

Nearly everywhere you go there is a community soccer field and soccer is a way of life in Jamaica. Its like how sports is to the U.S. but formed into 1 main sport.


Since tourism is a large part of Jamaica's economy, services represent a large portion of the country's overall weak economy. Tourism revenues alone account for 20% of Jamaica's gross domestic product.  Agriculture is also a big part of Jamaica's economy and its biggest products are sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, vegetables, poultry, goats, milk, crustaceans and mollusks.

Unemployment is high in Jamaica and as a result, the country has high crime rates and violence related to drug trafficking.

Jamaica has earned a representation for Marijuana but truly it is highly illegal as in Minnesota. Citizens can be imprisoned for up to 5 years for being caught in possession of the drug. It depends on the area where  you are caught. In the northern part laws are more strict but in the south some cops would rather not spend time on an arrest like so.


The politics of Jamaica takes place in a frame work of a representative parliamentary democratic monarchy.In 1962 the Constitution of Jamaica was established as a parliamentary system similar to the UK. Queen Elizabeth II appoints a governor general, with the prime minister. Although Jamaica is independent from the UK they have left a great influence on how their country operates today.

Who They Are Overall

Jamaican culture represents a combination of cultures that have inhabited the Greater Antilles island, Jamaica. The original Taino Settlers, followed by their Spanish conquerors  all made major contributions. However, it is the blacks and slaves who became the dominant cultural force as they suffered and resisted the harsh conditions of forced labour. After the abolition of slavery, Chinese and Indian migrants were transported to the island as indentured workers, bringing with them ideas from the Far East. The official local language is English, however a local dialect called Patois spoken by some residents