Today in History: Jamaica

This Map Of The Island Of Jamaica
Today in History–May 3–the Library of Congress features the island of Jamaica, first spotted by Christopher Columbus on this day in 1494. This Caribbean nation won its independence from Great Britain in 1962 but is still a member of the British commonwealth. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Jamaica.

Country Study: Commonwealth of Caribbean Islands, including Jamaica

Jamaica profile BBC

Jamaica timeline BBC

Jamaica primary source set from the World Digital Library

Jamaica maps

Jamaica image set

Jamaica films & streaming webcasts

Jamaican scholar and novelist John Hearne reading from his prose

Miss Ginger from Jamaica sheet music

Correspondence & journals related to Jamaica

Jamaica historical U.S. newspaper coverage

Jamaican scholar and novelist John Hearne reading from his prose audio recording

Life histories related to Jamaica transcripts

Oral histories mentioning Jamaica from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

U.S. legislation related to Jamaica

Jamaica Guide to Law Online

Jamaica: Global Legal Monitor articles

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