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Jamaica History and Culture

Arawaks were the first inhabitants of Jamaica, which they called Xaymaca, meaning "isle of springs." Columbus first glimpsed the north coast of the island in May 1494, landing in Montego Bay before he sailed back to Cuba.
When he returned nine years later, stormy weather damaged two of his ships, and he was forced to anchor at St. Anne's Bay, where he and his men were marooned until the governor of Hispaniola retrieved them.
In 1510 a permanent Spanish settlement was finally established under the orders of Don Diego, Columbus's son, who was then governor of the West Indies.

The position of Jamaica as a dependency of Britain for more than 300 years is reflected in both language and customs, which are combined with African influences.
Reggae, a distinctively syncopated style of Jamaican music, much of it highly political, was popularized in the 20th century by Bob Marley and others. It was a pervasive influence on rock music in the 1980s, especially in Britain.




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