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Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 240 kilometers (150 mi) in length and as much as 85 kilometers (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is 635 kilometers (391 mi) east of the Central American mainland, 150 kilometers (93 mi) south of Cuba, and 180 kilometers (112 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning either the "Land of Springs," or the "Land of Wood and Water." Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, then the British West Indies Crown colony of Jamaica. It is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.

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Kingston, Jamaica
The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. It is located on the southeastern coast of the island country at 17°59?N 76°48?W / 17.983°N 76.800°W / 17.983; -76.800. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit 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.

The local government bodies of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). Greater Kingston or the "Corporate Area" refers to the KSAC, and not just the Parish of Kingston, which consists of only the old downtown and Port Royal.


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Portrait of Francis Williams, a Jamaican writer and teacher. Painted around 1740. Artist unknown.
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Portrait of Francis Williams, a Jamaican writer and teacher. Painted around 1740.

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  • ...that on the flag of Jamaica, black symbolises the strength and creativity of the Jamaican people, gold represents sunlight and the country's natural wealth and green represents hope for the future and agricultural richness?



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