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KINGSTON CAPITAL OF JAMAICA

  • (population 652,000) is the capital of Jamaica. It is located on the southeastern coast of the island country at 1759'N 7648'W. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sandspit which connects Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island.

    In the Western Hemisphere, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States

  • Note that Kingston the city (often called Greater Kingston or the "Corporate Area") is much larger than the parish of Kingston which includes only the old Downtown and Port Royal. Much of the modern "Corporate Area" of Kingston is situated in the Parish of St. Andrew.

    The local government bodies of the parish of Kingston and that of the parish of St Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Corporation of Kingston and St.Andrew
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  • The Two parts comprise the central area of Kingston: the historic but troubled Downtown, and New Kingston, which is home to the city's most visited attraction, the |Bob Marley Museum| (built at his former residence). Several other reggae stars, including |Buju Banton| and |Beenie Man|, also hail from Kingston.

    Other attractions include the nearby Hellshire and Lime Cay beaches, the National Gallery of Jamaica, the ruins of Port Royal, and Devon House, a mansion with adjoining park that once belonged to Jamaica's first black millionaire

    Kingston is served by Norman Manley International Airport and also by the smaller and primarily domestic Tinson Pen Airport.

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