10 Cool Facts You Never Knew About Jamaica

Updated on March 7, 2018
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I was born and raised in Jamaica, and I love sharing all kinds of things about my country with my readers.

1. Jamaica Has the Fastest Runners on Earth

The USA and China are the only two countries with more Olympic medals than Jamaica. The USA and the UK have also naturalized Jamaican sprinters like Sanya Richards and Linford Christie because our government does not pay our sprinters.

Why Are Jamaicans so Fast?

  1. They come from a genetic pool of Africans that are naturally athletic*
  2. Jamaicans mostly feed on ground provisions such as yams and a lot of fruits.
  3. Sprinting is the most popular sport there, and the coaches are brutal.
  4. Jamaicans have huge egos and think they are better than everyone. (Just kidding)

Furthermore, most Jamaican sprinters are from a rural section of Jamaica called Trelawny (Usain Bolt is one such example). It is no coincidence that this is where the most yams are grown and consumed on the island.

*Most of the sprinters are descendants of the Maroons. A Maroon is a free man or woman that escaped slavery. Based on the accounts of colonial slave masters, the Maroons would run away from the slave plantations, and by the time the slave masters would load their guns, the Maroons would already be out of sight.

The top three fastest men in the world are Jamaicans!

Usain Bolt is the fastest person on earth.
Usain Bolt is the fastest person on earth. | Source

2. Jamaica Produces the Most Music per Capita

Jamaica is the undisputed authority for reggae music, but that is not the only form of music indigenous to the island. There is also ska, rocksteady, one drop, mento, Nyahbinghi, folk, drum and bass, soca, reggae-gospel, dub, festival, rubba-dub, roots reggae, calypso, and dancehall. Dancehall music is the most popular in Jamaica.

There are also other types of music produced in Jamaica that are not native to the island, for example, pop, western, rock and roll, soul, hip-hop, jazz, rap, and R&B. And yes, there are Jamaicans who only produce rock and roll or country-western as a full-time career.

A lot of the music produced in Jamaica is made by foreigners. Record companies often launch a new artist in Jamaica before they launch them internationally because if the song is a hit in Jamaica, the rest of world will catch on. This was done with Rihanna, UB40, Harry Belafonte, and Steel Pulse.

3. Jamaica Has the Most Churches per Square Mile

Within my small beach suburban community of fewer than 1,000 residents, there are four churches within a half-mile radius of my house. According to the National Library of Jamaica, there are approximately 2.75 churches per square mile, a fact recognized by the "Guinness World Book of Records." There are also churches in people's backyards and living rooms that haven't been taken into consideration.

Jamaica is a very Christian country, which heavily influences its educational, political, and social systems. All schools in Jamaica have a Christian devotion in the morning before classes begin.

There are over 100 different Christian denominations in Jamaica. The most popular ones being Baptist, Catholic, Anglican, Jehovah's Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, New Testament, Church of God, and Pentecostal. You also have the less popular ones such as Mormon and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

There are also churches that still incorporate elements of African culture such as the Poco and Revival churches. No matter what faith they belong to, almost every Jamaican believes in spirituality, the continuance of life after death, and a final judgment day.

This small town is home to well over 30 established churches!

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4. Jamaica Has the Most Rum Bars per Square Mile

This fact about Jamaica is very hard to measure because most rum bars may not be registered with the government. However, where there is a church, there are two bars down the road. Jamaica was the first island to produce rum commercially for export in the days before piracy. Rum here is also widely used in the kitchen (mmm, rum cake!) and for first aid purposes.

At any local bar, you can order "Jancrow batty," which translates to English as "vulture's ass." It is the strongest form of rum. This is a favorite amongst hardcore alcoholics and avoided by social drinkers. Available on the black market at any rum bar but not displayed on the shelf, it is illegally distilled by professionals at the sugar cane factories. The strongest variation originates from Trelawny (the same place the top sprinters are from). Rum has been deemed the strongest drug on the island.

Did you know that tourists on the island are more likely to get rum-induced alcohol poisoning than an injury from a water sport accident? You've been warned; the rum in Jamaica is indeed potent and even banned in some countries.

For those who prefer sipping to gulping, Jamaica has the most expensive rum in the world—Appleton Estate 50-Year Rum—which clocks in at over $4,000.00 for 750ml.

Yo Ho Ho, and a Bottle of Rum

Whenever pirates robbed ships leaving Jamaica, their number one loot was rum. You could not run a successful pirate enterprise without rum, and Jamaica was the top producer, which is why pirates and Jamaica went hand in hand.

Jamaica produces the most expensive rum in the world (but this is not it).
Jamaica produces the most expensive rum in the world (but this is not it). | Source

5. Jamaica Is the Top Consumer of Cranberry per Capita

Cranberry is very popular in Jamaica. Since cranberry does not grow in Jamaica, it has to be imported and is perceived as a luxury item. Cranberry water is the most popular derivative of the fruit. It is an amazing thirst-quencher, especially during the island's regular heat waves. It has even become more popular than coconut water for surviving the hot environment.

Cranberry juice is also popular because it is used to chase rum. If you tell the bartender that you want a chaser, they may automatically assume you are referring to cranberry juice.

The most popular reason for the consumption of cranberry, however, is due to the medicinal properties that it possesses. Jamaicans will buy anything that is organic, natural, and unprocessed, and this tangy-tasting juice fits the bill. It is used to recover from the flu, boost concentration, aid digestion, and boost the immune system.

6. Jamaica Has a Bobsled Team

Jamaica was the first tropical country to take part in the Winter Olympics. This event has always been dominated by countries that are farther away from the equator, and it was a big joke in Jamaica when the government announced that they were sending a bobsled team to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Things have changed since then, and the Jamaicans won the gold medal at the 2000 World push championship in Monaco. This story was made into a Disney film called Cool Runnings.

Say What?!

The Jamaican bobsled team did not own a bobsled and had to borrow one to compete.

In Jamaica, there is an equivalent to bobsled racing that is called pushcart derby. This is basically racing downhill in a handcart and requires just one driver and passenger. The driver steers while the passenger uses his body to help the driver keep the cart on track. So far it has not been recognized as an Olympics-worthy sport, but you never know.

7. The James Bond Series Was Written in Jamaica

While working for Britain's Naval Intelligence Division, Ian Fleming was in charge of a covert operation called Goldeneye, giving him real-life inspiration for his world-famous Bond series. Fleming later bought a 15-acre piece of land (which used to be a donkey racecourse!) in Jamaica and named it Goldeneye. Former British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and other celebrities were also known to spend time at GoldenEye.

Ian Fleming got the name James Bond from an American ornithologist of the same name who frequented Jamaica and was an expert on Caribbean birds.

The first James Bond novel to be completed in Jamaica was Casino Royale, and three other Bond novels (and movies)—Dr. No, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun—feature Jamaican scenery. Dr. No, the first James Bond movie, was filmed in Jamaica. The crocodile farm where Bond ran on top of the crocodiles is still in operation and is popular among tourists.

The late Mr. Flemming has since had a private airport named after him in Jamaica.

"I wrote every one of the Bond thrillers here."

— Ian Fleming
Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond.
Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond. | Source

8. Jamaica Was Once a Spanish Speaking Country

From 1509 to 1655, Jamaica was under Spanish rule. The capital of Jamaica was Villa de la Vega, which was called Spanish Town by the English. It is stilled called by this name today, though there are many other towns that have kept their Spanish names, such as Ocho Rios.

The buildings constructed during this time are still standing and serve as tourist attractions. Jamaica was used by the Spanish as a launching point to send ships to destinations like Mexico and Peru.

The English were able to take Jamaica from Spain because most of the Spanish soldiers were in other colonies and did not have a strong concentration in Jamaica.

9. Jamaica Is the Home of Beautiful Women

Jamaica has won Miss World three times: in 1963 with Carole Crawford, in 1976 with Cindy Breakspeare, and in 1993 with Lisa Hanna. Jamaica has also made it to the semi-finals several times, the last time earning a controversial second place in 2007 with Yendi Philips. The only countries to win the Miss World competition more often are India, the UK, and Venezuela.

Get It, Girls!

Cindy Breakspeare (who is also a reggae singer) is the mother of Bob Marley's last son, Damien Marley, and Lisa Hanna was later elected to the Jamaican Parliament.

Unsurprisingly, Jamaica has a prominent place in the modeling industry. Many talent scouts come to Jamaica in search of their next major star. There is even a modeling agency listed on the Jamaican stock exchange! On national TV, there is always a modeling competition going on. The most popular models from Jamaica are Naomi Campbell, Grace Jones, Stacey McKenzie, and Tyson Beckford.

Jamaica also offers equal opportunities for women on the Island. The honorable Portia Simpson-Miller served two consecutive terms as Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Portia Simpson-Miller served two terms as Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Portia Simpson-Miller served two terms as Prime Minister of Jamaica. | Source

10. Jamaica Supports Equal Rights for Humanity

Here are several instances that demonstrate Jamaica's support of equal rights for all:

  • It has been said that Jamaicans helped Haiti become the first independent black state by fighting in their revolution.
  • A woman named Nanny led the Maroons in plantation raids to free slaves. She is the only national heroine of Jamaica.
  • Marcus Garvey, the first national hero of Jamaica, traveled to New York and started the largest black movement in history—the UNIA. He also launched the first black corporate entity, The Black Star Liner, which was a fleet of ships.
  • The Rastafarian Movement was born out of Jamaica and grew to be a global powerhouse in the struggle for worldwide freedom and peace. The hippie movement bonded with the Rastafarian movement in the 60's and 70's and worked to empower one another.
  • Bob Marley became a freedom activist when he started to support various peace movements across the world. He also did free concerts in Africa, especially Zimbabwe, when they had just gained their independence.
  • Jamaica was the first country to sanction South Africa for their apartheid regime.

Bob Marley organized and performed at many free concerts in Africa.
Bob Marley organized and performed at many free concerts in Africa. | Source

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      • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marvin Parke 

        4 years ago from Jamaica

        Thanks Homeplace. I will try to keep them coming.

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        William Leverne Smith 

        4 years ago from Hollister, MO

        What fun! Thanks for sharing! Keep them coming! ;-)

      • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marvin Parke 

        4 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Maggie. Yes, it is diet and genetics. Not to mention Jamaica has the most rigorous track and field program where schools buy runners even at the elementary school level. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Maggie.L 

        4 years ago from UK

        I really enjoyed reading your article. I always wondered why Jamaicans were so fast at running. I didn't realise it was down to diet as well as genetics. I love watching Jamaican sprinters and looking forward to seeing them perform in the Glasgow commonwealth games this month.

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        Marvin Parke 

        4 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Sunshine. Thanks a million for everything.

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        Marvin Parke 

        4 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Audrey. Thanks for the greeting.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        4 years ago from California

        Very cool! And happy birthday!

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        4 years ago from Orlando, FL

        I'll be back for 2015!

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        4 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Happy Birthday 2014 :)

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Much Respect to you Sunshine. Thank you.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Happy Birthday Rasta!!!

      • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Thanks ChristyWrites. Happy to have educated you on some fun facts. Thanks for the visit.

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        Christy Birmingham 

        5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Great hub, I can see why it was HOTD! I did not realize all of these points about the area.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Elias. Thank you for the energy. It is gladly appreciated.

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        Elias Zanetti 

        5 years ago from Athens, Greece

        Such a small island with such a rich cultural tradition. Great hub with very useful information and nice presentation. Thanks!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Suzie. The ugly fruit (huge orange) is a favorite for making juice. Thank you very much for the shares. I am flattered.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Audrey. The island has inspired many writers and poet. A boost to the imagination.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        So cool Rasta!

        Loved these facts, knew about the runners being world class athletes and have seen cool running, no idea it was based on real life though! Know how big the ugli fruit is there, so much to envy this island for!!

        Excellent list, respect Rasta! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared & pinned.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        5 years ago from California

        Sounds like ten great reasons to visit--really the James Bond series?? Maybe I will take my novel there and finish it!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Thank Anupma for complimenting my hub. Thanks for passing through.

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        Dr Anupma Srivastava 

        5 years ago from India

        Interesting and informative hub. . Voted up and awesome.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Vellur. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate the energy.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        5 years ago from Dubai

        Great hub, enjoyed reading about Jamaica, voted up.

      • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Justthemessenger. Some scientists came to study yams and came to conclusion that it does help to provide lots of energy for the muscles.

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        James C Moore 

        5 years ago from The Great Midwest

        So yams are the key to speed? I would really like to visit there some day.

      • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Hi Cclitgirl. I am using my laptop now, so everything is back to cool runnings.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        5 years ago from Western NC

        My stupid username...haha...it really was SUPPOSED to be: CC Literature Girl but alas, I hit "enter" too fast and now I'm stuck with it. Oh well. hahah

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Redmallard. I really tried to bring some uncommon information to the readers.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Rasta. Thank you very much for the reinforcement. One love my sister.

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        Rastamermaid 

        5 years ago from Universe

        Big Ups rasta1!!

        HOTD more than well deserved. I know all you stated to be true,but the way you put it all together is truly wonderfu.

        Jamaica is truly God's country!

        Respect~One Love

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        Redmallard 

        5 years ago from A cave

        Awesome hub. Before reading this all I knew about Jamaica is that it had fast people and supposedly they say "mon" a lot. Thanks for the read!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Vinaya. Thanks for your feed back. I really appreciate it.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Cc-litgirl. You like ruba-dub, heavy bass music. Me too. I can hear it my head. thanks for stopping by.

        Using my I-phone hubpage app, I have to modify your name for the comment to go through. It says your name is rude language.

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        Vinaya Ghimire 

        5 years ago from Nepal

        Rasta

        This is amazing, thanks for sharing about your world.

        Congrats for HOTD.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Jennifer. I really do not know what make of the contrasting extremes. I always smile about it and ponder. Thanks for the support.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Toytasting. That is great that you expose your family to different cultures around the world. That is awesome.

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        Toy Tasting 

        5 years ago from Mumbai

        Hey Rasta, congratulations on HOTD! A well deserved Hub, I enjoyed reading every bit of it and learned a lot. Every month My daughter and I learn about a new country - its culture, food etc. We are taking up Jamaica for the month of April. Thank you!

        Voted up and shared :)

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        Jennifer Bhala 

        5 years ago from Upstate New York

        Most bars and most churches? What does that tell you? Great hub! Interesting. I saw Usain Bolt win gold. He is gorgeous and so smooth and cool when he runs.

        Congrats on Hub of the Day Winning!

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        5 years ago from Western NC

        Rasta! Great to see ya! This is a super-fantastic hub and I learned a lot about Jamaica. One of these days I'll make it down there and check it all out for myself. I really wanna hear some live Jamaican rubba-dub and reggae. :)

        Congrats on HOTD. Shared.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        @Kristine Manley. I hope you do make that trip to the Island soon.

        @ComfortB. Glad to have given you some additional information.

        @Sunshine625. Thanks a lot. I really tried to make it cool. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

        @MsDora. I am flattered by your compliment about the presentation.

        @BetterYourself. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the hub. It is my pleasure.

        @Cardisa. Thanks for everything. I have always wanted to accomplish accolades like you. I made a special effort on this project.

        @Mary615. Kingston is a nice city to really get a feel of the Jamaican culture.

        @teaches12345. The James Bond novels turned out to be a real classic. The rural settings of the Jamaican country is a nice place to inspire a writer.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        5 years ago

        All wonderful reasons to love Jamaica! I am so glad it brought us James Bond. Congrats on the HOD. Very impressive!

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I had a dear friend who came to the US to live for a while. When she went back to Jamaica I visited her in Kingston where she lived. It is truly a beautiful place and I enjoyed it and would lile to go back.

        Congrats on HOTD! Voted UP and shared.

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        Carolee Samuda 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Congrats my rasta bredren, di I deserve such an accolade. You nailed everything down. I am so proud of you!

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        Better Yourself 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Great job! Wonderful facts about Jamaica, I learned a lot and enjoyed reading your hub! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 years ago from The Caribbean

        Congratulations! Your hub deserves the award. Cool facts indeed, and a great presentation.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Way to go Rasta with your HOTD!! This hub is awesome!! The facts are very cool! :)

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        Comfort Babatola 

        5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

        Interesting! Most of these facts I didn't even know, now I do. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on winning the HOTD award.

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        Donna Kristine 

        5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        These are some great facts about Jamaica - I have not been, but I will. Voted up!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Stephanie. Thanks for those little lessons on how to develop a paragraph.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Jtrader. Your compliments really mean a lot. I am happy to know there are a lot of Jamaicans on hubpages.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Thanks Health. Lots of Jamaicans in Canada. A couple of the facts about Jamaica are new to me too. I was impressed about the information I uncovered while doing the research.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Linda. Knox College and Ritz Carlton. That is a huge contrast. Must have been fun on both occasions. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Stephanie Bradberry 

        5 years ago from New Jersey

        Wow, that was fast. It feels like just yesterday this was published. I remember looking at it briefly when it popped up on HubPages. But my how your baby has grown! Congratulations on your Hub of the Day. Very interesting facts.

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        jtrader 

        5 years ago

        Congrats Rasta. Proud to see your hub on our beautiful nation as the HOTD. Respect.

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        Linda Compton 

        5 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

        Congratulations, Rasta1 on HOTD! Well deserved and beautifully done. I love Jamaica. Have been only twice, but grateful for those times. First was a service trip with my Youth Group and we were at Knox College for 2 weeks, hard, joyous labor. Then at the Ritz Carlton for a conference. Keep up the inspiring work. Love the sun-splashed ways.

        Cool Runnin's, Mon...

        Linda

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Dwachira. I intentionally wanted to give more other than athletics and reggae. Thanks for confirming my goal. I am glad it made you laugh too.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Mjennifer. It is a pleasure to know that you were fascinated by the hub. I hope I could treat you to a shot of rum whenever you visit.

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        Marcy J. Miller 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        What a fun and fascinating article. I'm so glad it was featured so I didn't miss it. (I'll follow you now so I don't risk missing any others.) As a long-time reggae fan, I've always appreciated Jamaica's contribution to the arts -- now I know even more things to appreciate about it. I hope I shall someday be able to visit and taste that rum in its own place of origin! I look forward to reading more of your terrific hubs.

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        [ Danson Wachira ] 

        5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

        Hi Marvin,

        Wow!, these are interesting facts about Jamaica, i must say i was expecting a lot of athletics and reggae music but i got more than that, and this "Tourist to the Island are more likely to get injured from a rum overdose than from a water sport accident" was more than a cracker. Congrats for taking the HOTD. Great article, voted up and really interesting to read.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect pinto2011. I am happy to have introduce you to some new information. Thanks for passing through.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect CrisSp. The culture is very christian based. I was not even familiar with other religions until I traveled to other countries. Traveling is a great opportunity. It really opens up the mind.

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        Subhas 

        5 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Your hub is a great piece of information. All of the above facts were unknown to me until now. Altogether, a very nice compilation.

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        CrisSp 

        5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        No surprise that this has won HOTD. Congratulations!

        Very interesting facts. Been in Jamaica (Montego Bay and Kingston) and I love it there, the people the food, the music (big fan of Shaggy and Bob Marley) and the place itself...so beautiful and colorful. In fact, I'm flying back to MBJ tomorrow but will only stay for a day and back. Good enough for me to get some fresh Jamaican breeze. :)

        "All the schools have a Christian devotion in the morning before commencement of classes." -we have the same culture and I think that is praiseworthy.

        As an advocate of diversity and equality, I am pleased to know that Jamaica supports one of the most important subjects of humanity, which is Equal Rights. I commend "yow'all mon" for that. Round of applause to you all (Jamaicans) and specially to you for this wonderful hub.

        Peace and love~

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect CloudExplorer. I tried to include topics that are not popular. When I checked the other articles about Jamaica most of them had the same points. So I mixed the popular points with the not so popular ones. This hub took me 10 hours to flesh out. I am glad that hubpages appreciates the effort.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Billy. Thank you for the energy.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Congrats on the HOTD, Art!

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        Mike Pugh 

        5 years ago from New York City

        Wow Rasta, I never knew all of these interesting current day time and historical facts about Jamaica, and all of the people who have contributed in some very important way to the cause of righteousness and human rights.

        I have known about the more popular folks like Bob Marley of course and Rihanna, and Marcus Garvey, but a great deal of this info hasn't surfaced here in my schools I was taught at. So yup this hub was both essential for my learning process as a whole and helpful to get to know many more things about your lovely place of residence Jamaica.

        Thanks bro for writing this powerfully descriptive and information packed article, it was very enlightening indeed and I will be sharing it for you bro! Thumbs up and out.

        I also sensed to humor in it to all along the way while reading it in its entirety and so I gave it 5 thumbs up! & much respect to you my good friend for writing this masterpiece. Congrat's on the HOTD.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Randy. Thanks for the confirmation. You have experienced most of the cool facts about Jamaica and know what I am talking about.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Carlajbehr. I guess you went to Dunns River Falls and did some shopping in Ocho Rios. I haven't been to Ocho Rios in a while. The poverty is still a problem but there is laughter all around.

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        Randy Godwin 

        5 years ago from Southern Georgia

        As a frequent visitor to your beautiful island nation, I can vouch for everything you report in this well written hub. Congrats on HOTD!

        --RG

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Ohic32. Nuff respect.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Hi DeborahNeyens. I vacation in Negril too. The natives there are very cool people. The culture in Negril is different from the rest of Island. It is pretty laid back there.

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        Carla J Swick 

        5 years ago from NW PA

        Great article! I was to Ocho Rios some years back and adored the country and the people. I was saddened by the poverty in some areas, yet the individuals we met were joyous and fun. I look forward to visiting again. Well done - voted up!

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        Althea Reader 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Nice hub rasta1 and congrats on being awarded HOTD... From one fellow Jcan to a next :) RESPEC

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        Deborah Neyens 

        5 years ago from Iowa

        Congratulations on the HOTD! I had a great time visiting Negril. It was so beautiful and the people were so friendly. I need to go back!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Thanks Suzettenaples for being there from the start.

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        Suzette Walker 

        5 years ago from Taos, NM

        Hey rasta, congratulations on your HOTD! This is fantastic. I just read this hub a few days ago and now it is the featured hub. Good choice on the part of HP!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Beingwell. It is very nice of you to stop over my hub. I am glad to hear from you.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Daisy. Thanks for all the energy overall.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect CZCZCZ. thanks for the compliment. I do hope you get to visit and enjoy the Island.

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        beingwell 

        5 years ago from Bangkok

        Great hub! Amazing facts about Jamaica. I hope to visit it someday. Congrats on the pin, too! Sharing this one.

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        Daisy Mariposa 

        5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

        Art,

        Congratulations on your article being awarded the HubPages Hub of the Day on March 29th. The honor is well-deserved.

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        CZCZCZ 

        5 years ago from Oregon

        This is an awesome hub about the great things in Jamaica. I have wanted to travel there for a long time, I have had several friends go and they all enjoyed their trips. This was a fun read thanks for putting it together.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Thank you Tobusiness. I was going to leave out the one about rum. Then I thought you have to take the good with the bad. I love the Island.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Mike. I am glad to have educated you on some cool facts about Jamaica. Thank you for the energy.

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        Jo Alexis-Hagues 

        5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

        rasta1, I thoroughly enjoyed this article, people are often quick to list the negative aspects of Jamaica, you've shown here how truly amazing this island is, and how proud you are to call it home. Yes, there is much to be proud of.

        Great job.

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        Mike Robbers 

        5 years ago from London

        Excellent hub man!

        Didn't know most of the info you gave us [e.g. music being Jamaica's biggest export!! it sounds great!], therefore, thanks for sharing. Voted and pinned!

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect DDE. Thank you for visiting and finding the information helpful.

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        Devika Primić 

        5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        An interesting place and much helpful facts of Jamaica.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Daisy. Thank you very much for the compliment. Travelling to Jamaica will surely complete your Caribbean exploit.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Jools99. I am a big fan of the West Indies Cricket team and I do hope they beat England for the next home game. There are some cool tourist packages that allow the visitors to watch the game from a kiddie pool along with free rum and beer.

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        Daisy Mariposa 

        5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

        Art,

        You are a great ambassador for your island nation. What a terrific article!

        I've visited several Caribbean islands, but, regretfully, I have not been to Jamaica. Traveling to your country is definitely on my bucket list, my friend.

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        Jools Hogg 

        5 years ago from North-East UK

        Very interesting hub - I am still tempted to visit Jamaica soon! Every time I watch England playing tests in the Caribbean, I wonder why I am not there watching the cricket, getting a tan and enjoying Pina Coladas! Some very interesting facts here. I saw a TV show recently about Ian Fleming's house etc and Noel Coward also owned a home there.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Lady_E. Number 9 was something a bit different and needed some mentioning. The women here are strong.

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        Elena 

        5 years ago from London, UK

        Very interesting facts. I didn't know there were lots of Churches there. Loving number 9. :-)

        Thanks for sharing. I will tweet and share.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Suzettenaples. I am glad you enjoyed it. The island has always been a favorite spot for writers.

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        Suzette Walker 

        5 years ago from Taos, NM

        Very interesting hub! I didn't know all this about Jamaica - I definitely have to visit here! So James Bond was created here. That's interesting and not surprising. Enjoyed reading this. Your country is amazing.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        I just might be trying to do just that Mhatter99. A nice destination to write your poems.

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        Martin Kloess 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        What are you trying to do? Get me to move there. Great hub.

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        Marvin Parke 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        Respect Mackyi. Thanks for passing through. I really appreciate it.

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