by Colleen Madonna Flood Williams


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In 1494 explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on a mountainous tropical island referred to by its Native American inhabitants-the Arawaks-as Xaymaca, or "land of wood and water." Later known as Jamaica, the island came under English control by the mid-1600s, and remained a British colony until gaining independence in 1962.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422233139
Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2015
Series: Discovering the Caribbean: History, Politics, and Culture Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction James D. Henderson 6

Jamaica's Jammin' Geography 9

"Land of Wood and Water" 17

A Fluctuating Economy 27

"Out of Many, One People" 33

Parishes and Cities 43

A Calendar of Jamaican Festivals 50

Recipes 52

Glossary 54

Project and Report Ideas 56

Chronology 58

Further Reading/Internet Resources 60

For More Information 61

Index 62

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