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Jamaican Coat of Arms

Jamaican Coat of Arms

The colony of Jamaica gained independence from the UK on 6 August 1962. In Jamaica, this date is celebrated as Independence Day, a national holiday. 

Jamaica Indigenous Origins

The first settles in Jamaica were the Arawak and Taíno peoples, who originated in neighbouring South America.

Spanish and British Rules

The Spanish Empire began to rule Jamaica in 1509, for over 150 years. Thereafter the British colonial quickly established Jamaica. Newly renamed Spanish Town and made it the capital and home of the local House of Assembly,  Jamaica's directly elected legislature. 

History of Jamaica's People

Marcus Garvey

During the first half of the 20th century the most notable Black leader was Marcus Garvey, a labor leader and advocate of Black nationalism. Garvey, rather than advocating independence of Jamaica and other colonies, promoted the Back-to-Africa movement, which called for everyone of African descent to return to the homelands of their ancestors.

After returning to his place of birth, Garvey tried and failed to be elected into public office. The latter defeat is attributed to his followers lacking the proper voter qualifications. Despite these shortcomings, Marcus Garvey is regarded as a national hero in present-day Jamaica.

Nanny Of The Maroons

Known as Queen Nanny, Granny Nanny or Nanny¬†(c. 1686 ‚Äď c. 1755), was an 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons.¬†She led a community of formerly enslaved Africans called the Windward Maroons.¬†In the early 18th century, they fought a guerrilla war over many years against British authorities in the Colony of Jamaica. According to Maroon legend, Queen Nanny was born in what is today Ghana of the Akan or Ashanti people.¬†It has been stated that she arrived in¬†Jamaica as a slave, no confirm date of when.¬†

A list of other amazing greats  

  • Bob¬†Marley¬†(6 February 1945¬†‚Äď 11 May 1981)
  • Mary Seacole (23 November 1805¬†‚Äď 14 May 1881)
  • Usain St Leo Bolt (21 August 1986 - Present)

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