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If you are familiar with Jamaica , I can probably bet you (and win) you never knew half of these interesting facts on Jamaica . I
myself was even surprised at some of these findings. Here you go!

Had electricity before the United States
Had running water before the United States
Had phone cards before the United States
Their phone system was so sophisticated it was copied by AT&T
Jamaica has the most "churches" per square mile of any country in the world. Source-Guinness Book of World Records. Over 1,600
"churches" all over Jamaica . That number is growing.
Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, even before the United States ! This was only 18 years
after Britain !

Jamaica is the first Caribbean Country to gain Independence .

Jamaica is the first team from the English-speaking  Caribbean  to qualify for the Football (Soccer) World Cup. This was the 1998
championship.

Jamaica stands strong in 3rd place on the list of countries to win the Miss World titles the most! [Hmmm!]
The only countries to have won it more than Jamaica is India ,  Venezuela  and the UK , but considering the size of Jamaica , you
have to say that this achievement is monumental!

On his second voyage to the New World in 1494, the tip of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica was the first land sighted by Christopher
Columbus.

Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the  Western Hemisphere .
Jamaica also was the first island in the Caribbean to produce rum on a commercial basis.
The Manchester Golf Club in Jamaica , established in 1868, is the oldest in the western hemisphere!.
Apart from the United States , Jamaica has won the most world and Olympic medals.
2006-2007: World Fastest man and woman- you bet, are Jamaicans [Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson].
2008/2009 - Olympic/World fastest man and woman - Usain Bolt and Shelley-Ann Fraser
Jamaica has more multiple (two or more) live births than anywhere else in the world.
Jamaica was the first country to impose economic sanctions against the apartheid regime of  South Africa .
Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean .
Jamaica was the first Caribbean island to enact legislation, "The Motion Picture Industry (Encouragement) Act" to promote the
making of films.
Jamaica is the first country to sign a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant agreement.
Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the IOC Winter Olympics. The bob sleigh team's efforts inspired the film ‘Cool
Runnings’.
Jamaica was the first colony  England  acquired by conquest. This was in the year 1655 when the Spanish were driven from the
island.
We have the second largest butterfly in the world? (The Giant Swallowtail).
Another of the interesting facts on Jamaica is that it was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service (in 1688).
Jamaica was the first Caricom country to liberalize the telecommunications sector. Since then, other Caricom countries have
opened up to competition.
Another one I found to be one of the most interesting facts on Jamaica is that Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region
to launch a web site, jamaicatravel.com. This was in 1994!
And if you know none of the above, (which is fine) I expect you at least know that Jamaica is the birth place of Robert ("Bob")
Marley [smile]
that the Jamaican Flag is the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn't share any of the colors of the American flag?


Now my friend, get out and share you new found knowledge of Jamaica



Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly,
Love Truly, Laugh uncontrollably, and
NEVER regret anything that made you smile
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Language ~ Dialect
"Speak your dialect proudly, whether you speak GULLAH,
PATOIS, CREOLE, "EBONICS" etc. While in this day and age, we
have to learn the standard form to communicate with others,
know that this ENGLISH language or any "standard form" is not
superior to our unique cultural expressions.

Never forget that it was FORCED down our ancestors throats
while they had to forget their native tongues. Dialects aren't an
indicator of your intelligence (contrary to what people think), it
has its own system just like any standard language.

I know so many kids who get beaten for not "speaking tell me
I'm lying properly" lol. Sidenote: S/O to my garifunas who are
fighting to preserve their language"

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Special Occasion
April 21, 1966
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I visits Jamaica, W.I.
       
 
OMEGA RISING
Directed by the late Elimina Denis Davis, this film is the first film to look at the women of Rastarfari in Jamaica. The
film was produced through Ceddo Film Workshop for Channel 4 in 1988.
 
 
       
 
 
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