Friday, August 1, 2014

Jamaica

Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean Sea. It is a country on the Caribbean plate,  which isn’t considered a continental plate. North America is nearest to it, but South America is just as close.

The nation has a population of around 2.8 million people. That makes it the third most populated country in the Americas. The U.S and Canada come in front of it. Kingston is the capital, with a population of about 937,700 people.

Jamaica’s official language is Jamaican English, but Patois (pronounced ‘Patwa’) is spoken by some residents. Jamaican culture is a combination of different cultures. The original Taino settlers, and the one from Spain made major changes.

Cricket is the most popular sport in Jamaica, and there are some other popular sports like football, athletics, and netball. Rugby Union and League are growing sports. Jamaica is one of the leading countries in sprinting with the current world holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprints, Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican flag was made on the 6th of August, 1962, which was the original Jamaican Independence day. The flag has a gold X, that divides the flag into four different sections. The top and bottom in green, and the sides in black.

People in Jamaica get around with roadways, railways, and airplanes. The roadways in Jamaica has almost 13,049 miles of road. Just under 72% of it is paved. That’s around about 9321 miles of pavement.

The railways aren’t as popular as they used to be. With the roadways getting bigger and bigger, less trains are needed. Out of the 169 miles of rails, only 35 miles remain in use, only to transport bauxite.

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