Category: Emancipendence

I Pledge My Heart Forever – The Story Of The National Song For Schools






I pledge my heart forever To serve with humble pride This shining homeland, ever So long as earth abide. I pledge my heart, this island As God and faith shall live My work, my strength, my love and My loyalty








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August 23 – Haitian Revolution Helps Give Rise To The Abolition Of Slavery






August 23 is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, which is designated by UNESCO to “inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the








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What Was Jamaica Like Under British Rule?






Jamaica recently celebrated its 53rd anniversary of independence from Britain on August 6. Today, we take a brief look back on what Jamaica was like from the mid-1600s to 1962, when the country gained independence. In the wake of the








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Announcing diGJamaica’s 3rd Birthday Giveaway






August 2015 marks diGJamaica’s third anniversary. diGJamaica was The Gleaner‘s gift to the nation on its Golden Jubilee in 2012. Modelled on the popular but now out of print Handbook of Jamaica, the website aims to be a source of credible,








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Ornamental Beauty – The Lignum Vitae

The lignum vitae (Guiacum Officinale) was found in Jamaica by Christopher Columbus. The short, compact tree is native to continental tropical American and the West Indies. Locally, it grows best in the dry woodland along the north and south coasts of

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The Majestic Blue Mahoe – Jamaica’s National Tree






The Blue Mahoe is Jamaica’s national tree. It is indigenous to Jamaica and grows quite rapidly, often attaining 20m (66ft) or more in height. In wetter districts, it will grow in a wide range of elevations, up to 1200m (4000








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Objects From Out Past – The Institute Of Jamaica Collections






The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 by Sir Anthony Musgrave, the then Governor of Jamaica to preserve the country’s tangible and intangible heritage. The IOJ is comprised of six organisations geared toward fulfilling its mandate, including: the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica








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Miss Jamaica World 2015 – Who Will Take The Crown?






The Miss Jamaica World 2015 coronation event takes place on Saturday, August 15. Twenty beauties from across the island will compete for the title and the opportunity to represent Jamaica at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China PR, on








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Where Are They Now? Past Miss Jamaica Winners






On Saturday, August 15, 20 of the most beautiful young women in Jamaica will vie for the title of Miss Jamaica World. Reigning queen Laurie-Ann Chin will take her final walk before handing over the crown to the new winner,








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One Of A Kind – The Doctor Bird






The ‘doctor bird,’ or swallow tail hummingbird, is indigenous to in Jamaica. It is one of 320 species of hummingbirds, three of which are found on the island. The other two are the mango hummingbird (Anthracothorax mango), which was here before the








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