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Jamaica Life

With slavery out of the picture, the English brought in Indians and Chinese to help the mainly African population work the plantations.
Over the years new people arrived from England, France and Scotland, Spain and Portugal, Syria and Nepal - producing a unique and exciting mixture of races, including Jews whose families dated back to the early Spanish settlements.
While most Jamaicans are of African descent, there has been much inter-marriage over the centuries. This is reflected in the diverse appearance of Jamaicans.
And in the complex cultural heritage that forms the high-spirited, warm-hearted psyche of the Jamaican people.

The past can be heard in their talk - and our music. While their official language is English, most Jamaicans speak a Creole patois - a mixture of Elizabethan English and West African that's often hard to understand, but always absolutely charming.
As for music, theirs is the island where reggae was born - created by the late, great Bob Marley, one of Jamaica's national heroes.

Jamaicians are mostly Anglican (Episcopalian), Baptist, Jewish, Methodist, Moravian, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), and Rastafarian. (Rastafarians believe in the divinity of Haile Selassie, late Emperor of Ethiopia.)




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