Tag: Jamaican history

10 Epic Moments in Jamaica’s Early History

Jamaica celebrated 55 years of Independence on August 6, 2017. That’s 55 years of epic Jamaican greatness on the world stage. After being granted Independence on August 6, 1962 from British colonial rule by Queen Elizabeth II, Jamaica has not stopped

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5 Milestone Moments for Women in Jamaica

Jamaican women have come a long way since the days of slavery, and there are many who will argue that there is still a long way to go. However small the achievements may seem, it is important to acknowledge and

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The History of Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean

The following are excerpts from a teach-in titled ‘Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean: Historical Roots’, given by Dr Verene A. Shepherd, professor of social history and university director at the Institute for Gender Development Studies (IGDS), University of the West Indies

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10 Random Facts from Team Jamaica’s Olympics History

Do you know the name of the youngest Jamaican Olympian? What about the oldest? Has Jamaica ever failed to medal at the Olympic Games? Well, if you like trivia, I’ve got the answers to these questions and more for you.

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The History Of General Elections In Jamaica – Part 1

Jamaicans are gearing up to head to the polls for the island’s 17th general parliamentary election on February 25. Each week, we will be taking a look back at the previous elections that have helped shape the Jamaica we know

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Parish Pride – How Did Your Parish Get Its Name? Part 3

In 1664, the Spanish relinquished control of Jamaica to the British and Sir Thomas Modyford divided this fair isle into seven administrative units known as parishes. These were located mainly in the mid to south-eastern end of the island: Clarendon,

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Fort Charlotte – An Untapped Gem

We don’t get to Hanover often enough on Travel Tuesdays. When we visited the parish last year, we told you about the Hanover Museum in Lucea. This week, we head to the equally historic Fort Charlotte. Located on the harbour of

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Hero Profile – Paul Bogle

Little is known of Paul Bogle’s early life. As an adult he was one of the 106 St Thomas people with the right to vote. As deacon of the Native Baptist Church at Stony Gut, Bogle organised religious activities. He

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Hero Profile – Sir Alexander Bustamante

Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante, Jamaica’s first Prime Minister after the country gained independence in 1962, was born on February 24, 1884. In 1943 he founded the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), with himself as head. The first general election under Universal Adult

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Hero Profile – Sam Sharpe

  Sam Sharpe, born in the parish of St. James, and named after his master, is also a folk figure. He is known for his pivotal role in the 1831 Christmas Rebellion on the Kensington Estate ­ a rebellion credited

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