Caricom member states4 - Jamaica’s motto is "Out Of Many One People" and the national flower is the Lignum Vitae.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, 145 km (90 mls) south of Cuba and 160 km (100) west of Haiti.
Jamaica was first settled by Amerindians. Columbus arrived on the island in 1494, and claimed possession under Spanish rule from 1509-1655, In 1655 the island ceded to the British and fast became a British sugar colony.
During the social unrest of the 1930s, two major political parties were formed - the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) by Alexander Bustamante, and the People's National Party (PNP) by Norman Manley.
Caricom member states4 - Jamaica joined the West Indies Federation in 1958, but withdrew following a referendum in 1961. Jamaica gained independence in 1962.
Jamaica has two international airports, Norman Manley in Kingston and Donald Sangster international in Montego Bay.
New Year's Day (01 January); Ash Wednesday; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (22 May); Emancipation Day (1st August) Independence Day (06 August); National Heroes Day (16 October); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December).
National Dish is Ackee and Saltfish
Govt websites are: www.cabinet.gov.jm
Montserrat’s National Flower is Heliconia.
Monserrat one of the Leewards Island in the West Indies 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Antigua.
Sighted by Columbus in 1493. Settled by Anglo-Irish colonists from 1632. The island fell under French occupation twice, but was otherwise continuously British. In 1967, Montserrat opted for colonial status instead of Associated Statehood.
In 1995 the Soufriere Hills Volcano came to life and by 1997 the majority of the population was forced to leave the island. Approximately two thirds of the island, including the capital, Plymouth, and the W.H. Bramble Airport is covered with ash.
Only the northern section of the island is now inhabited.Visiting the Caribbean? Find Deals, Compare Rates, & Read Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor
New Year's Day (01 January); St. Patrick's Day (17 March); Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (04 May); Whit Monday; August Monday, Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December); Festival Day (31 December).
National Dish: Goat Water
Government web site: http://www.gpv.ms