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10 Cool Facts You Never Knew About Jamaica

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.

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!

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Sanka sham on September 15, 2020:

thank you man this really helped me learn more about my country

Joe Mama on September 14, 2020:

Thx this helped me with my school project.

Alex Anderson on August 06, 2020:

Awesome. I am always looking for some way to empower myself and learning more and more about my homeland just makes me love her even more

Hi on July 09, 2020:

This helped me with my fun presentation to my family thank you!

gsgsg on May 19, 2020:

This is soo interesting

31513 on May 17, 2020:

i love this website

it helped me so much for presentation

thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Nila on May 13, 2020:

Thank you for the intresting information. From this got 100% on my assignment about jamacia from this. I really want to visit there but sadly quarantine is holding me back.

Maliyah on May 07, 2020:

You guys are weird lol

Shan on April 30, 2020:

Please guys be respectful to each other and Jamaica. Jamaica is a very wonderful place,filled with wonderful people just like the author that took out his time to write this. What a nice man he is!❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jamaican Girl on April 30, 2020:

As a Jamaican myself i can say this is all true, and plus I read some of these comments and we are not rude, (not all of us) we may act rude but you have to get to know the people. I plan on taking my twin girls to jamaica to see where there mommy is from.

caprice on April 23, 2020:

don't be to Jamaica ever again OK people never ever be mean . ^ ^

YOU JERK! on April 17, 2020:

Stop hurting the Jamaicans felling! They are real people you know!


I need to go to Jamaica after quarantine

Someone you don't need to know on April 13, 2020:

Jamaica is so interesting. When isolation is done, I'm forcing my parents to take meh there!!!

nobody on April 09, 2020:

school report too?

jimothy on April 06, 2020:

I'm doing this for a school report too

nobody on April 06, 2020:

Thank you for the information!

NONE OF Ya Buisness on March 18, 2020:

I'm doing this for a school report too.

michael dixon on March 05, 2020:

this is so good i am doing this for my school repoort and shut up mason

Mason on February 18, 2020:

Jk! it´s not a good country to visit, they are pretty rude.

Mason on February 17, 2020:

I love Jamaica it has a lot of cool facts about it. Also it is a good place to go to.

btm on February 12, 2020:

can we have any other facts about Jamaica .I am doing a report about Jamaica any interesting facts

Mark on February 07, 2020:

Jo mama

Donovan Longmore on December 18, 2019:

Don't know if you published this article before December 14, 2029. Jamaican born Toni Ann Singh just won Miss World 2029. Making it 4 times Jamaica copped the title. Be blessed

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on December 02, 2019:

For a cruise, you're probable going to come in at Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. I would definitely suggest Dunns River Falls and Ocho Rios.

Isabel on November 21, 2019:

So, I'm going to Jamaica in 2 years on my cruse. And i am very excited! Any places you recommend for the visit?

Phillip Ferguson on November 15, 2019:

does jamicana hace Gabe Alls

Unknown on October 21, 2019:

Jamaica is awesome

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 21, 2014:

Thanks Homeplace. I will try to keep them coming.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 20, 2014:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 13, 2014:

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.

Maggie.L from UK on July 11, 2014:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 02, 2014:

Respect Sunshine. Thanks a million for everything.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 02, 2014:

Respect Audrey. Thanks for the greeting.

Audrey Howitt from California on July 01, 2014:

Very cool! And happy birthday!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 01, 2014:

I'll be back for 2015!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 01, 2014:

Happy Birthday 2014 :)

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 02, 2013:

Much Respect to you Sunshine. Thank you.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 01, 2013:

Happy Birthday Rasta!!!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on May 07, 2013:

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

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 23, 2013:

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

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on April 23, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 09, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 09, 2013:

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

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 09, 2013:

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.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 09, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 09, 2013:

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

Dr Anupma Srivastava from India on April 09, 2013:

Interesting and informative hub. . Voted up and awesome.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 08, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 08, 2013:

Great hub, enjoyed reading about Jamaica, voted up.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 03, 2013:

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

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on April 03, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 30, 2013:

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

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 30, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 30, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 30, 2013:

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

Rastamermaid from Universe on March 30, 2013:

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

Redmallard from A cave on March 29, 2013:

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!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 29, 2013:


This is amazing, thanks for sharing about your world.

Congrats for HOTD.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on March 29, 2013:

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 :)

Jennifer Bhala from Upstate New York on March 29, 2013:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

@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.

Dianna Mendez on March 29, 2013:

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

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 29, 2013:

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.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Better Yourself from North Carolina on March 29, 2013:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 29, 2013:

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

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 29, 2013:

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

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 29, 2013:

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

Kristine Manley from Atlanta, GA on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on March 29, 2013:

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.

jtrader on March 29, 2013:

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

Linda Compton from The Land of Enchantment on March 29, 2013:

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...


Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on March 29, 2013:

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.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on March 29, 2013:

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

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 29, 2013:

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~

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

Respect Billy. Thank you for the energy.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 29, 2013:

Congrats on the HOTD, Art!

Mike Pugh from New York City on March 29, 2013:

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.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on March 29, 2013:

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


Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

Respect Ohic32. Nuff respect.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2013:

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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