By: Erica Hunt
Land Area: 10,831 sq km
Comparative Size: slightly smaller than Connecticut
Per Capita GDP: $8,600
Exports: alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, apparel, mineral fuels
England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation.
Jamaica began increased its independence from Britain after the abolishment of slavery.
Jamaica gained full independence after withdrawing from the Federation in 1962.
Type of Goverment
Constitutional parliamentary democracy.
Jamaica has two main political parties: Jamaica Labor Party - favors private enterprise
People's National Party - advocates socialism
Timeline of UN involvment
1990 Jamaica ensured that the United Nations would provide support to Haiti for the peaceful and efficient development of its electoral process
1995 Jamaica was re-elected to the Economic and Social Council General Assembly
1997 Elections showed that Jamaica continued to support the People’s National Party
1998 increase in violence crime reported as the economy deteriorates
1999 Fuel prices increased by 30% which led to violent protests
2001 Troops moved in to restore order which led to the suffrage of the tourist industry
2002 Emancipation Park established