Christopher Columbus described Jamaica as “the fairest island that eyes have beheld.” Sandy beaches lined with palm trees lead to fertile, low-lying coastal plains. Mountains with cooler temperatures cover most of the island, while the northwest has limestone highlands. Most Jamaicans are descendants of African slaves brought here by the Spanish and the British. Others are descended from the white Europeans, Asians, or Middle Eastern traders.
Nearly two-thirds of the islanders now live in cities, often in overcrowded slums. The economy relies heavily on agriculture and mining....More