Posted by : Wendy B Tuesday, 13 September 2011

These facts come from an email I received, so they must be true!

    • Had electricity before the United States
    • Had running water before the United States
    • Had phone cards before the United States
    • Their phone system was so sophisticated it was copied by AT&T
    • Jamaica has the most "churches" per square mile of any country in the world. Source-Guinness Book of World Records. Over 1,600 "churches" all over Jamaica . That number is growing.
    • Jamaica was the 2nd country in the Western world after Britain to construct a railway, even before the United States ! 
    • Jamaica is the first Caribbean Country to gain Independence .
    • Jamaica is the first team from the English-speaking  Caribbean  to qualify for the Football (Soccer) World Cup. This was the 1998 championship.
    • On his second voyage to the New World in 1494, the tip of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica was the first land sighted by Christopher Columbus.
    • Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the  Western Hemisphere .
    • Jamaica also was the first country in the world to produce rum on a commercial basis.
    • The Manchester Golf Club in Jamaica , establish ed in 1868, is the oldest in the western hemisphere!.
    • Apart from the United States , Jamaica has won the most world and Olympic track & field medals.
    • Jamaica has more multiple (two or more) live births than anywhere else in the world....all naturally  
    • Jamaica was the first country to impose economic sanctions against the apartheid regime of  South Africa .
    • Jamaica was the first Caribbean island to enact legislation, "The Motion Picture Industry (Encouragement) Act" to promote the making of films.
    • Jamaica is the first country to sign a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant agreement.
    • Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the IOC Winter Olympics. The bob sleigh team's efforts inspired the film ‘Cool Runnings’.
    • Jamaica was the first colony  England  acquired by conquest. This was in the year 1655 when the Spanish were driven from the island.
    • We have the second largest butterfly in the world (The Giant Swallowtail).
    • Another of the interesting facts on Jamaica is that it was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service (in 1688).
    • The Jamaican Flag is the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn't share any of the colors of the English or American flags

    One Response so far.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Happy birthday My Jamaica I missed your mountain breeze your pictures perfect sunset the smell of your Sunday meal but most of all the memories I love You my Jamaica keep running happy happy birthday Jamaica one love --fr Judith

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