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


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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Further Reading

  1. Statistical Information: The Department of Statistics, now Statistical Institute of Jamaica (25 Dominica Dr., 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: Vernon James. Publications of the Bureau include the Bulletin of Statistics on External Trade and the Annual Abstract of Statisties.Google Scholar
  2. Economic and Social Survey, Jamaica. Planning Institute of Jamaica, Kingston (Annual) Social and Economic Studies. Institute of Social and Economic Research, Univ. of the West Indies. QuarterlyGoogle Scholar
  3. A Review of the Performance of the Jamaican Economy 1981–1983. Jamaica Information Service, 1985Google Scholar
  4. Quarterly Economic Report. Planning Institute of Jamaica, KingstonGoogle Scholar
  5. Beckford, G. and Witter, M., Small Garden … Hitter Weed. The Political Struggle and Change in Jamaica. 2nd ed. London, 1982Google Scholar
  6. Cassidy, F. G. and Le Page, R. B., Dictionary of Jamaican English. CUP, 1966Google Scholar
  7. Floyd, B., Jamaica: An Island Microcosm. London, 1979Google Scholar
  8. Goulbourne, H., Teachers. Education and Politics in Jamaica, 1892–1972. London, 1988Google Scholar
  9. Ingram, K. E., Jamaica. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1984Google Scholar
  10. Manley, M., A Voice at the Work Place. London, 1975.—Jamaica: Struggle in the Periphery. London, 1983Google Scholar
  11. Payne, A. J., Politics in Jamaica. London and New York, 1988Google Scholar
  12. Post, K., Strike the Iron, A Colony at War: Jamaica 1939–1945. 2 vols. Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1981Google Scholar
  13. Sherlock, P., Keeping Company with Jamaica. London, 1984Google Scholar
  14. Stephens, E. H. and Stephens, J. D., Democratic Socialism in Jamaica. London, 1986CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Stone, C., Class, Race and Political Behaviour in Urban Jamaica. Kingston. 1973. —Democracy and Clientalism in Jamaica. London and New Brunswick, N.J., 1981Google Scholar
  16. Bibliography of Jamaica, 1900–1963. Jamaica Library Service, 1963Google Scholar
  17. Libraries: National Library of Jamaica, Kingston. Jamaica Library Service, Kingston.Google Scholar

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