Secondly,the history of Jamaica is fascinating. Everyone knows Columbus founded Jamaicain 1494, but some don’t know that Columbus found Jamaica on his second voyage,”he had heard something during his first voyage, and on Saturday, May 3rd,1494, he changed his course and sailed in the direction indicated” (Gardner,1971).
After Columbus founded Jamaica, in 1509, Jamaica was taken by theSpanish under a license from Columbus’s son. A lot of the Arawak community diedfrom the exposure to the European diseases. African slaves brought in to workon the sugar plantations. Sadly, In 1655 a British expedition underAdmiral Sir William Penn and General Robert Venables capturedJamaica and began banishing the Spanish, a task that was successful within fiveyears.
However, a lot of the Spaniards’ escaped slaves had formed communitiesin the highlands, and increasing numbers also escaped from Britishplantations. The slaves that got freed by the Spanish are known asMaroons. In 1833 Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act. TheSlavery Abolition act gave all slaves in the British Empiretheir freedom. The British government paid compensation to the slaveowners. Finally, after years and years, Jamaican became independent withinBritsh Commonwealth with Alexander Bustamante as prime minister in 1962.
June24th, Kingstone Jamaica was founded. I previously said that Jamaica was hit bya hurricane called Gilbert which was in 1988. 25% of Jamaica had no money, lotsfamily and struggled to survive.
It took more than 300 million dollars to getJamaica back on its feet. In 2010 – Dozens are killed in operation toarrest drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke. He is extradited to the US,sentenced and jailed. 2012 January – On taking up the office, Mrs.Millersaid that 50 years after Jamaica got its independence from Britain, it was timefor the country to break with the British monarchy and become a republic.
InFebruary 2015, Parliament decriminalized the possession of small quantities ofcannabis for personal use. The law also permits the use of marijuana forreligious, medical and scientific purposes.