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JAMAICA FACT AND FIGURES

  • Capital Kingston 17°59'N 76°48'W Largest city Kingston
  • Official language(s) English, Jamaican Creole

  • Government Commonwealth - Monarch Elizabeth II
         Governor-General Kenneth Hall
         Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
  • Independence - From the UK August 6, 1962
  • Area - Total 10,991 kmē (159th) 4,244 sq mi - Water (%) 1.5

  • Population - July 2005 est. 2,651,000 (138th)
         Density 252/kmē (32nd) 653/sq mi

  • GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate - Total $11.69 billion (136th)
         Per capita $4,300 (114th) HDI (2003) 0.738 (98th) ? medium
  • Currency Dollar (JMD)
  • Time zone (UTC-5)
  • Internet TLD .jm
  • Calling code +1-876

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  • JAMAICA History

    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.

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