• John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Jamaica was discovered by Columbus in 1494, and was occupied by the Spaniards between 1509 and 1655, when the island was captured by the English; their possession was confirmed by the Treaty of Madrid, 1670. Self-government was introduced in 1944 and gradually extended until Jamaica achieved complete independence within the Commonwealth on 6 Aug. 1962.


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Books of Reference

  1. STATISTICAL INFORMATION. The Department of Statistics (93 Hanover St., Kingston) was set up in 1945—the nucleus being the Census Office, which undertook the operations of the 1943 Census of Jamaica and its Dependencies. Director: Dexter Rose. Publications of the Bureau include the Bulletin of Statistics on External Trade and the Annual Abstract of Statistics.Google Scholar
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