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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- 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
- Economic Survey of Jamaica. Ministry of Finance and Planning. YearlyGoogle Scholar
- Guide to Jamaica. Issued by Jamaica Tourist Association. Kingston, from 1937Google Scholar
- Handbook of Jamaica. Government Printer, Kingston, yearly from 1886Google Scholar
- Abrahams, P., Jamaica: an island mosaic. HMSO, 1957Google Scholar
- Black, C. V., History of Jamaica. London, 1965.Google Scholar
- Cassidy, F. G., and Le Page, R. B., Dictionary of Jamaican English. CUP, 1966Google Scholar
- Delattre, R., A Guide to Jamaica Reference Material. Kingston, 1965Google Scholar
- Hurwitz, S. J., and Hurwitz, E. F., Jamaica: A Historical Portrait. New York, 1971 and London, 1972Google Scholar
- Jefferson, O., The Post-War Economic Development of Jamaica. Kingston, 1972Google Scholar
- Bibliography of Jamaica, 1900–1963. Jamaica Library Service, 1963Google Scholar
- libraries: Institute of Jamaica, Kingston. Jamaica Library Service, Kingston. Director: Mrs J. Robinson, MBE, FLA.Google Scholar