Jamaica, W.I.

On 24 Sep 1493, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cádiz, Spain on his second voyage to the New World. His fleet included 17 ships and about 1200 men. He “discovered” Jamaica on 5 May 1494.

Jamaica is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles—an island chain in the West Indies that includes the nations of Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico—and the largest English-speaking country in the Caribbean. It is situated 90 miles south of Cuba and about 600 miles from Florida. 

Jamaica is 146 miles long—from east to west—and 22 to 50 miles wide. The total area of the country is 4,244 sq. miles. Jamaica is about the size of Connecticut, larger than Lebanon, and more than four times the size of Luxembourg.

Over time, essays covering Jamaica’s history and culture—including its pre-Columbian era, Spanish rule, and stuff about its privateers, buccaneers and pirates—will be available.

I invite you to drop by from time to time to see how we’re doing.

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