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JAMAICA Jamaica has a rich island culture The people are friendly the weather is nice the food is good the music is loud and the parties are wild Jamaican History The first people to come to Jamaica were people from Venezuela known as the Arawaks They are thought to have come to Jamaica in two major waves the first in 650 AD and the second in 900 AD They were then joined by the Caribs who came from Guiana While the Arawaks were a peaceful people the Caribs were cannibalistic and fierce fighters Much fighting arose between these two groups Columbus then came to Jamaica in 1494 With him he brought fear disease and terror to the Jamaicans He named the island Jamaica because he heard the natives call it Xaymaca He brought smallpox and other horrible dieases to which islanders had no antibodies Most of them died out soon after Columbus arrived and those that didnt were tortured and terrorized by Columbus and his sailors He then left and returned several years later on his last voyage to the new world During this voyage he spent a year stranded on Jamaica trying to rebuild his boats Soon after Columbus in about 1510 there was an influx of Spanish Europeans The Spanish under the rule of Jaun de Esquivel treated the Jamaicans no better than Columbus had and even more of the aboriginal Jamaicans died At first they settled a beautiful area near St Anns Bay and made a exquiotselty beautiful town named New Seville sfter the governor but then had to move due to the areas climate and swampy conditions They then settled in present day Spanish Town They built a beautiful city with 500 houses and several churches Unfortunately none of this city remains have rotted away after years of neglect and disuse Jamaican Economy and Agriculture The most productive legal industry in Jamaica is bauxite mining Jamaica is the
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