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Banner Coat o airms
(Banner) (Coat o airms)
Motto: "Out of Many, One People"
Offeecial leid Inglis
(an lairgest ceety)
 - Queen
- Govrenor-General
- Prime meenister
Parliamentary democracy an constituitonal monarchy
Elizabeth II
Patrick Allen (Jamaican)
Bruce Golding
 - Tot
 - % watter

10,991 km²/4,244 sq mi
 - 2009
 -  census
 - Density

30 November 1966
Siller Jamaican dollar (JMD)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Naitional anthem "Jamaica, Land We Love"
Internet TLD .jm
Cawin code +1-876

Jamaica (pronounced /dʒəˈmeɪkə/ (deprecatit template)) is an island naition o the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (145 mi) in lenth an as muckle as 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width, an amoonts tae 10,990 square kilometres (4,243 sq mi). It is situatit in the Caribbean Sea, aboot 145 kilometres (90 mi) sooth o Cuba, an 191 kilometres (119 mi) wast o Hispaniola, the island harborin the naition-states Haiti an the Dominican Republic. Its indigenous Arawakan-speakin Taíno indwallers named the island Xaymaca, meanin the "Land o Wood an Water", or the "Land o Springs".[1]

Ance a Spainyie possession kent as Santiago, in 1655 it became an Inglis, an later a Breetish, colony, kent as "Jamaica". It achievit fou unthirldom in 1962. Wi 2.8 million fowk, it is the third maist populous anglophone kintra in Americas, efter the Unitit States an Canadae. It remains a Commonweel realm wi Queen Elizabeth II as heid o state an Kingston is the kintra's lairgest ceety an the caipital.[2][3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Taíno Dictionary" (in Spanish). The United Confederation of Taíno People. Archived frae the oreeginal on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  2. "Jamaica country profile". BBC News. Mey 26, 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  3. "Jamaica - Largest Cities". GeoNames. Retrieved 11 October 2010.