Reggae Island of the Caribbean

Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494. The Taino Indians inhabited Jamaica for centuries and were gradually exterminated. The island is situated in the Caribbean Sea and is 391 miles east of Central American mainland.

Slavery and sugar were two of the most valuable commodities that Jamaica had for 150 years. Spanish Town was the former capital of Jamaica.The Spanish named the town Santiago de la Vega and remained the capital until 1872 when the city of Kingston was named the capital. Queen Elizabeth 11 is the head of state, the Jamaican have given her the title of Queen of Jamaica. The Queen is represented in Jamaica by a Governor General who is nominated by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. The major towns are Spanish Town, Negril, Ocho Rios, Kingston, and Montego Bay.

At the western tip of the island is Negril the most laid back resort with its 7 mile long beach. In the sixties the American flower children discovered Negril. The affluent landowners were worried about Negril becoming a Hippie Haven. This town is famous for is sunsets, cliff jumping water sports and Rastafarian culture.

Ocho Rios is well known for its nightlife, and has a laid back attitude. Ocho Rios is a popular tourist destination once a sleeply fishing village. Ocho Rios is also known as the home of Dunn s River Falls. It is a popular attraction that is visited by thousands of visitors each year. Dunn’s River Falls cascades down approximately 600 feet into the sea. Fed by springs located in the hills above, visitors take pleasure in climbing the falls as the water rushes around them.

The capital Kingston is the heart of the island and the largest English speaking city in the Caribbean. It has the seventh largest natural harbour in the world with the sea to the south and the St Andrew Mountain in the north.

Montego Bay is sheltered by Doctor s Cave Beach with clear turquoise waters and one of the most famous beaches on the island. It is best know for it duty free shopping and cruise line terminals at its Free Port.

Bob Marley the reggae musician was born here and was highly respected. The legend of Bob Marley comes alive as you walk through the village of Nine Miles, his birth and final resting place. Ian Fleming also lived in Jamaica.

The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions have a more temperate climate. Some regions on the south coast, such as the Liguanea Plain and the Pedro Plains are relatively dry rain-shadow areas.

Douglas Scott

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10 Responses to Reggae Island of the Caribbean

  1. Mars! Smile says:

    why do so few people like reggae/caribbean/island music?
    i’m native hawaiian and looove it. it’s amazing and I don’t even like weed at all even though most people stereotype the music with marijuana. yet few people i know enjoy it, why is that? there are many good reggae/caribbean/island artists and producers out there.

  2. Ignacia says:

    because its somthing produced by the n|g / gers….
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  3. Jazira says:

    i love it.
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  4. Nelson Vanguard says:

    I love Carribean music and food.
    Shit give me some Brown Stewed Chicken a Collid Budz anyday!
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  5. BuNNy says:

    I really enjoy…my hubby is from the Virgin Islands and hes exposed me to alot of music. I really like Serani and Vybz Kartel….
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  6. Choco Hippo says:

    well, the world is slowly falling to music that truely is crazy…. Personaly, I love caribbean music, but thats me. With more bad music going out into the world… people just dont realy know what good music is.
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  7. LexDIamondz says:

    Its because it’s not marketed well in the united states, so not many people get to hear it. But on the east coast and in florida where alotta caribbean people live, the music is much more popular
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  8. I_"♥"_art says:

    ha ha its the shit were i live the have reggae nights at the clubs and what not
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  9. Tiburón del Caribe says:

    Caribbean music is not only raggae. There is cuban salsa, dominican merengue and bachata, many others.
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  10. Melissa says:

    Reggae music is totally underappreciated and underestimated.
    Its all I listen to .. reggae in all varieties of hall..etc.. Im passionate about the music I listen to .. obviously because its wicked.. the best kind of music in my opinion… but like buddy said.. its not advertised as much as mainstream music.. which is usually CRAP..
    And then theres Yahoo Answsers itself.. It doesnt have any kind of reggae music section. And that is just discrimination!
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