JAMAICA FACT AND FIGURES
Governor-General Kenneth Hall
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
Density 252/kmē (32nd) 653/sq mi
Per capita $4,300 (114th) HDI (2003) 0.738 (98th) ? medium
The former capital of Jamaica was Spanish Town, in St. Catherine parish, the site of the old Spanish colonial capital. The Spanish named the town Santiago de la Vega. In 1655 when the British captured the island, much of the old Spanish capital was burned by the invading British troops. The town was rebuilt by the British and renamed Spanish Town. It remained the capital until 1825, when the city of Kingston was named capital under questionable circumstances.