Jamaica (Countries of the World Series)

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A melting pot of many cultures and races, Jamaica is a beautiful island in the heart of the Caribbean. Formerly a European colony with a history of slavery, Jamaica has risen to become a proud, independent nation that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to its shores. From the lush forests of the Blue Mountains to the pristine beaches of Montego Bay, from vivid Jamaican literature to world-famous reggae music, and from inspiring National Heroes to unique Rastafarians, this book provides an ...
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Overview

A melting pot of many cultures and races, Jamaica is a beautiful island in the heart of the Caribbean. Formerly a European colony with a history of slavery, Jamaica has risen to become a proud, independent nation that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to its shores. From the lush forests of the Blue Mountains to the pristine beaches of Montego Bay, from vivid Jamaican literature to world-famous reggae music, and from inspiring National Heroes to unique Rastafarians, this book provides an insight into the vibrant culture of Jamaica.

An overview of Jamaica, including information on its geography, history, government, social life and customs, and relationship with the United States.

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Children's Literature
Jamaica's interesting cultural history is explained in this well-written, beautifully photographed book of our neighbor to the south. For many people in North America, Jamaica is a vacationer's paradise and few know of the tumultuous history and rich cultural heritage of its proud residents. In this "Countries of the World" series book, the author first gives a general overview of the country that includes information of the geography, history, government and culture of the country. Next, the book details important cultural and historical events that have shaped the nation into what it is today. Such issues as reggae music, pollution problems and cultural icons are explained in two-page chapters that are accompanied by beautiful photographs. Additionally, information is easily accessible within the table of contents, index, and glossary, along with suggested book titles, videos, and Web sites to visit. 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Melissa A. Caudill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836823646
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

An Overview of Jamaica 5
Geography 6
History 10
Government and the Economy 16
People and Lifestyle 20
Language and Literature 28
Arts 30
Leisure and Festivals 34
Food 40
A Closer Look at Jamaica 43
The Blue Mountains 44
Buccaneers and Pirates 46
Cultural Icon of Jamaica 48
The Great Port Royal Earthquake 50
Independence Day 52
"King" Sugar 54
Kingston 56
Legends and Folktales 58
The Maroons 60
The National Heroes 62
Pollution in the Kingston Harbor 64
Rastafarians 66
Reggae Music 68
The Slave Trade 70
Tourism 72
Relations with North America 75
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Full-color map 86
Black-and-white reproducible map 88
Jamaica at a Glance 90
Glossary 92
Books, Videos, Web Sites 94
Index 95
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