JAMAICA – Fast Facts

• 1494: – Christopher Columbus arrived in Jamaica on May 4 1494, however the Spanish formed settlements in 1509.

• 1655: – On May 10 1655, Great Britain took control of Jamaica from the Spanish.

• 1692: Devastating earthquake at Port Royal

• 1831: Christmas Revolution

• 1834: Emancipation proclamation was read on August 1, 1834

• 1947: Autonomy from Britain was granted in 1947

• 1958: Jamaica became a key member of the British-sponsored West Indies Federation

• 1962: Jamaica gained Independence from the British on August  6, 1962.

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