Jamaica
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1. General Situation

The island of Jamaica is the third largest island of the Caribbean archipelago. A parliamentary democracy, Jamaica was given autonomy by the United Kingdom in 1959 and won its full independence in 1962. The great majority of its inhabitants are of African descent. The nation’s economy, dependent mainly on tourism and also on bauxite mining, has stagnated since 1995. Between 1996 and 2000 employment fell by roughly a sixth (Unemployment).

Before Europeans arrived, Jamaica was i…

Cite this page
Russell, Horace O., “Jamaica”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J8>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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