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10 Cool Facts about Jamaica

Updated on May 23, 2016

1. Jamaica has the Fastest People on Earth

USA and China are the only two countries that have more Olympic medals than Jamaica. USA has also naturalized a lot of Jamaican sprinters like Sanya Richardson because our government does not pay our sprinters. Our athletes represent the country as a social duty. Other first world country sprinters like Tyson gay and Linford Christie are of Jamaican parentage. Most USA athletes also train in Jamaica like Justin Gatlin. Canada has also benefited from Jamaican born runners like Ben Johnson who has multiple world records.

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.

Maroons were Fast

Based on the accounts of the colonial slave masters, the maroons would just run away from the slave plantations. By the time the slave masters would load their guns, the maroon would already have gone out of sight.

3. Sprinting is the number one sport and the coaches are brutal.

4. Jamaicans have huge egos and think they are better than everyone. (Just kidding)

Furthermore, most Jamaican sprinters like Usain Bolt are from a rural section of Jamaica called Trelawny. It is not coincidental that this where the most yam is grown and consumed on the Island. Most of the sprinters are descendants of the maroons. A maroon is a free man/woman that escaped slavery.

The top three fastest men in the world are Jamaicans. We also have the fastest women too. This is an undisputed fact about Jamaica.

Reference: http://www.olympic.org/jamaica

Usain Bolt, The fastest Person on Earth

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Usain Bolt makes up one the 10 cool facts about Jamaica | Source

2. Jamaica Produces the Most Music per Capita

It is a fact that Jamaica is the dominant authority for reggae music but it is not the only form of music that is indigenous to the Island. There is Ska, Rocksteady, One Drop, Mento, Nyahbinghi, Folk, Drum and Bass, Soca, Reggae-Gospel, Dub, Festival, Rubba-Dub, Roots reggae and Calypso. Dancehall music is the most popular in Jamaica.

There are other music forms that are not native to Jamaica that are being produced. Examples are 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 and western as a full time career.

A lot of the music produced in Jamaica is by foreigners. Record companies often launch a new artiste in Jamaica before they launch them internationally. 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 for Example.

MUSIC IS JAMAICA'S BIGGEST EXPORT.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Jamaica

Video shows the Basics of Producing Reggae Music

The Moravian Church is one of the many Churches per Square Mile
The Moravian Church is one of the many Churches per Square Mile | Source

3. Jamaica has the Most Churches per Square Mile

Within my small beach sub-urban community of less than 1000 residents there are four churches within a half mile radius of my house. It is a known fact that Jamaica has the most churches per square mile. According to the National Library of Jamaica, there are approximately 2.75 Churches per square mile. This is also recognized by the "Guinness World Book of Records". There are Churches that are in people's backyard and living room that hasn't been taken into consideration.

Jamaica is a very Christian based country. The education, political and social system is also Christian based. All the schools have a Christian devotion in the morning before commencement of classes.

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

There are also churches that still incorporate elements of the African culture such as the Poco and Revival church. Almost every Jamaican believes in spirituality, the continuance of life after death and a final judgment day.

Below is the small cruise ship town of Falmouth (via google maps). There are easily over 30 established churches within Falmouth.

Jamaica produces the most expensive rum in the world
Jamaica produces the most expensive rum in the world | Source

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. Rum is deemed as the strongest drug possible on the Island. Jamaica is the first Island to produce rum for export and commercially. This is in reference to days before piracy.

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 (same place where the fast people are from).

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

Did you know that tourist to the Island are more likely to get injured from a rum overdose than from a water sport accident? The rum in Jamaica is indeed potent and even banned in some countries

Rum in Jamaica is also widely used within the kitchen (rum cake) and for first aid purposes.

Jamaica also has the most expensive rum in the world Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum 750ml at over US $4000.00.

5. Jamaica is the Number One Consumer of Cranberry per Capita

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

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

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

Reference: ( http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/digicel/business/Ocean-Spray-still-reigns-in-Jamaica_12579395 )

6. Jamaica has a Bobsled Team

Jamaica is the first tropical country to take part in the Winter Olympics. This event has always been dominated by countries that are further away from the equator. It was a big joke in Jamaica when the government announced that they are sending a Bobsled team to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

THE JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAM DID NOT OWN A BOBSLED AND HAD TO BORROW ONE FOR COMPETING. Things have changed since and the Jamaicans have secured gold at the 2000 World push championship in Monaco.

In Jamaica there is an equivalent to bobsled that is called push cart derby. This is basically racing downhill in a handcart. This consists of one driver and passenger. The driver stares with a steering wheel while the passenger uses his body mechanics to help the driver stare.

This is a well-known fact about Jamaica that was depicted as a true story in a Disney Film called Cool Runnings.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_national_bobsled_team

7. Jamaica is where the James Bond Series was Written

Dr No was the first James Bond movie and was filmed in Jamaica. The crocodile farm where James Bond ran on top of the crocodiles is still in operation and is still popular amongst tourist.

Sean Connery acting in the first James Bond movie DR NO which was filmed in Jamaica.
Sean Connery acting in the first James Bond movie DR NO which was filmed in Jamaica. | Source

Ian Fleming who came to Jamaica to write his novel was a real English spy and was in charge of a covert operation called GOLDEN EYE. This was also the name of the 15 acre property he bought in Jamaica which was an old donkey racecourse.

Prime Minister Anthony Eden of the UK was also known to spend some time on the Golden Eye property along with other celebrities.

While in Jamaica, Ian Fleming assumed the role of a journalist. He was known as a bird watcher in Jamaica and got the name James Bond from a Ornithologist (bird expert) that frequented Jamaica.

The first James Bond novel to be completed in Jamaica was CASINO ROYALE.

The James Bond novels to have Jamaican scenery are Dr No, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun.

"I wrote every one of the Bond thrillers here......" by Ian Fleming

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

Reference: http://www.ianfleming.com/ian-fleming/ian-fleming-inside/jamaica-1946-1964/

8. Jamaica was a Spanish Speaking Country

From the year 1509 to 1655, Jamaica was under the rule of Spain. 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. There are many other towns that still keep its Spanish name such as Ocho Rios.

The buildings that were built during the Spanish rule are still standing and serve as tourist attractions. Jamaica was the country that the Spanish used to launch out more ships to other destinations such as Mexico and Peru.

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

Jamaica is the first country to be captured by an English conquest.

reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jamaica

9. Jamaica is the Home of Beautiful Women

Jamaica won Miss World in 1963 with Carole Crawford, 1976 with Cindy Breakspeare and in 1993 with Lisa Hanna. Jamaica has made the semi-finals of competition several times with the last time being a controversial second in 2007 with Yendi Philips. The only countries to win the Miss World competition more often are India, UK and Venezuela which is an interesting fact about Jamaica.

Cindy Breakspeare who is also a reggae singer is the mother of Bob Marley's last son, Damien Marley.

Lisa Hanna later became an elected political member of the Jamaican Parliament.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica

Portia Simpson-Miller makes up one the 10 cool facts about Jamaica
Portia Simpson-Miller makes up one the 10 cool facts about Jamaica | Source

Another fun fact about Jamaica is our dominance in the modeling industry. There are many talent scouts that come to Jamaica searching for their next major star. There is even a modeling agency that is listed on the Jamaica stock exchange. There are many modeling agencies on the island that offer professional services and training. On national TV there is always a modeling competition going on. The most popular models out of Jamaica are Naomi Campbell, Grace Jones, Stacey McKenzie and Tyson Beckford.

Jamaica also offers equal opportunities for women on the Island. The Prime Minister of Jamaica is the Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller, who is in her second consecutive term at the time of this article.

10. Jamaica Supports Equal Rights for Humanity

It is alleged that Jamaicans helped Haiti to become the first independent black state by fighting in their revolution.

It was a woman that led the Jamaican maroons that raided plantations and freed slaves. The English had to sign a peace treaty. Her name is Nanny, 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 called UNIA. He also launched the only corporate black 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 power house for freedom and peace for humanity. The hippie movement bonded with the Rastafarian movement empowering each other in the 60's and 70's.

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 just gained their independence.

Jamaica was the first country to sanction South Africa for their apartheid regime. (Purely diplomatic and political)

Bob Marley makes up one the 10 cool facts about Jamaica
Bob Marley makes up one the 10 cool facts about Jamaica | Source

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great facts, Art! I had no idea James Bond originated there...loved this hub.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Billybuc. James Bond is very much loved on the Island.

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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      Cool hub rasta. I am digging it!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Suzette Walker 4 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 4 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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      Elena 4 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 4 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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      Jools99 4 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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      Daisy Mariposa 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting place and much helpful facts of Jamaica.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Mike Robbers 4 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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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      CZCZCZ 4 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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      Daisy Mariposa 4 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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      beingwell 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Daisy. Thanks for all the energy overall.

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Suzette Walker 4 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 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Suzettenaples for being there from the start.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 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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      ohic32 4 years ago

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

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      Carla J Behr 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Ohic32. Nuff respect.

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      Randy Godwin 4 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 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Mike Pugh 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congrats on the HOTD, Art!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Billy. Thank you for the energy.

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      CrisSp 4 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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      Subhas 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 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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      Marcy J. Miller 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Linda Compton 4 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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      jtrader 4 years ago

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

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Donna Kristine 4 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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      Comfort Babatola 4 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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      Linda Bilyeu 4 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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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Better Yourself 4 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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      Carolee Samuda 4 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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      Mary Hyatt 4 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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      Dianna Mendez 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 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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      Jennifer Bhala 4 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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      Toy Tasting 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Rasta

      This is amazing, thanks for sharing about your world.

      Congrats for HOTD.

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Redmallard 4 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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      Rastamermaid 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 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 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

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

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, enjoyed reading about Jamaica, voted up.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Interesting and informative hub. . Voted up and awesome.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 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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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 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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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Marvin Parke 4 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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      Elias Zanetti 4 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 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Christy Birmingham 4 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 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Birthday Rasta!!!

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Much Respect to you Sunshine. Thank you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Birthday 2014 :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'll be back for 2015!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Very cool! And happy birthday!

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Audrey. Thanks for the greeting.

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Sunshine. Thanks a million for everything.

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      Maggie.L 2 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 2 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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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

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

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Homeplace. I will try to keep them coming.

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