Jamaica

Not So Fabulous :(

History

Jamaica was ruled by Spain from 1509 to 1655 which began when the fist Spanish colonies were established on their coast line. Jamaica became a British colony when England captured it from the Spaniards in 1655. Jamaica gained its freedom from British rule on August 6, 1962. The queen of England stills rules Jamaica as the titular head of state represented by the Governor General who is Jamaican. Jamaica has a bicameral parliament.

About

Jamaica is the third largest island of the Carribean. It's capital is Kingston and its cities include Portmore, Spamish Town, Mandeville, Ocho Ríos, Port Antonio, Negril and Montego Bay. Kingston Harbour is the seventh largest natural Harbour in the world which contributed to its designation as the country's capital in 1872.

Trouble In Paradise

While Jamaica is a serene, beautiful paradise, perfect for a relaxing vacation away from your worries, but thats just the tip of the iceberg. The island is plagued with numerous species of small, but deadly predators, lurking where you can't see them.

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The scolopendra gigantea is a massive centipede that reaches up to 29 centimeters in length; almost a foot. This vicious predator is carnivorous and will eat tarantulas, birds, bats and other small animals. This monster is able to outrun a small child. Though it's bites are rarely fatal, it's venom has merciless and painful effects and will cause swelling, redness, itchiness and extreme weakness in its victims.

Screw Off!

The screw worm is neither venomous nor poisonous. There are five types of screw worms, one of which includes the screw worm flies. These flies' maggots are actual screw worms. The female screw worm's life span only lasts twenty days but within that time frame she will lay up to 3,000 eggs. She lays these eggs in open wounds(regardless of how small) or in the navel of a newborn child or small animal. Within a few hours, the eggs will hatch and the baby screw worms will begin to burrow into your skin, eating their way through your body. When you scratch the wound, they will "screw" deeper.

Exports And Imports

Jamaica's export crops are: sugar, bananas, coffee, citrus, cocoa, coconut, pimento (allspice) and root crops. They also export flowers and folia plants. Much has also been achieved in fresh water fishing and shrimp farming, the growing of mushrooms, strawberries and oyster farming. Numerous tropical tubers, vegetables, flowers and exotic are cultivated in accordance with tradition. Blue Mountain Coffee is the most priced and expensive in the world and is used chiefly for blending with less aromatic beans worldwide. It is grown only in a small area on the Blue Mountains, one of Jamaica's greatest physical features. Jamaica also produces excellent mid-mountain and lowland coffee.

Jamaica is a major producer of bauxite and alumina, from which aluminium is made. Aluminium is not actually made in Jamaica, as the ore is shipped to smelters in the USA, Canada, Norway, etc. Of all the minerals in Jamaica, Bauxite is the one most mined. Others are gypsum, marble, alabaster and limestone. There are also significant deposits of agate.

Jamaica's main imports are food and other consumer goods, industrial suppliers, fuel, parts and accessories of capital goods, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials. Main sources of imports are US, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Brazil

Things To Do

If ever you find yourself in Jamaica, some places you should be sure to visit are the Blue Mountain peaks and no visit would be complete without calypso rafting. While you're there, visit the Bob Marley museum. Relax at Treasure Beach and try Cosmos Seafood Restaurant.

Fun Facts!

Jamaica has some of the highest crime and violence rates on earth! It is an extremely homophobic country and has earned the nickname of "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth" due to the extreme hostility, hatred and open, direct violence towards members of the LGBT+ community.