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Transcript of Jamaica
The island became a British colony in 1655
Declared its independence from Britain in 1962
Jamaica became a cornerstone of the slavetrade
Slaves were brought from Africa...
and shipped to the USA
Slaves were also needed in Jamaica
The island had large plantations (sugar, cocoa, fruit and tea)
Slavery was abolished in 1838
Jamaica's main income today is from tourism and the export of raw materials
The country is struggling economically. Low employment rate and high crime rate
Reggae is a Jamaican style of music
Its roots can be traced back to Africa
The music was banned from radio stations
Was used as a political weapon to raise awareness
Everyday Jamaican language is a mixture of French, Spanish and English. This is known as Patois or Jamaican Creole
The most famous musician is Bob Marley
Toured the world with the band "The Wailers"
Hits include "One Love" and "No Woman, No Cry"
Marley sang about injustice, oppression and other social issues
He was a Rastafari
Believed that Haile Selassie was God's incarnation on Earth
What else is Jamaica
Blue Mountain Coffee
The Blue Mountains