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Major Earthquakes in Jamaica

Jamaica has been affected by two (2) major earthquakes in the past. The earthquake of June 07, 1692 was the most devastating earthquake in Jamaica’s history. The most extensive loss of life and damage of property occurred in Port Royal, … Continued

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What is an Earthquake?

An earthquake is a rapid, sudden shaking of the earth’s crust due to movements of rocks within the earth. Earthquakes are unpredictable and strike without warning.  They range in intensity from slight tremors to great shocks, and may last from … Continued

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19th Day Of Christmas – Christmas Fruit Cake

A “must have” for Christmas is fruit cake. Many persons start ‘soaking’ the fruits – prunes, cherries, raisins and currants – months in advance.   In most families, baking Christmas cakes or puddings is a whole-day family activity. Young children are … Continued

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Famous Maroons

Of the many Maroons who have lived in Jamaica, a few have gained prominence due largely to their leadership abilities.  Nanny of the Maroons and her brothers are a few. Nanny of the Maroons Nanny of the Maroons came to … Continued

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The Maroons and the Abeng

The original Maroons were the indigenous Tainos and enslaved Africans brought to the island by the Spanish, who were set free when the British captured Jamaica in 1655. During their settlement of the island (1655-1807), the British brought more Africans … Continued

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The Maroon Lifestyle

The daily life of the Maroons focused on caring for their physical and spiritual needs. Farming Daily field work was required to sustain the large populations in Maroon villages. Men, women and older children worked in the fields – hoeing, … Continued

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Free Villages in Jamaica

Free Villages were townships established in Jamaica in the wake of full freedom from slavery and apprenticeship in 1838.   Missionaries from the Baptist, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist denominations were highly instrumental in the formation of Jamaica’s Free Villages as … Continued

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Jamaican Public Holidays for 2017

There are ten (10) public holidays scheduled for Jamaica in 2017. The Holidays (Public General) Act stipulates the days on which these public holidays occur. According to the Act, if New Year’s Day, Emancipation Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day … Continued

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The Origin of Anancy/Nancy Stories

In Jamaican folk tradition, Anancy is a mischievous spider who is always tricking persons to get what he wants. Stories about this character have origins in the Akan culture in Africa.  These were transmitted to Jamaica from that continent with … Continued

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