Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Jamacia Facts

Capital City Kingston

National Bird Doctor Bird (Trochilus polytmus)

National Fruit Ackee (Blighia sapinda)

National Dish Ackee and Saltfish

Telephone Code 876

Jamaica is an independent nation and a member of the British Commonwealth.

Geography: Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island, measuring 146 miles at its widest point.

Democracy is complete, with an elected Parliament, a Prime Minister, an elected House of Representatives and a Senate.

Population standing at 2,731

Snakes are extremely rare. They were killed off by the mongoose, imported to exterminate canefield rats.

limate is year-round summer with no definite rainy season, although it usually rains most in May and October. North-easterly trade winds blow continually.

Orchids grow wild all over Jamaica—200 species of them, 73 of which are found nowhere else. There are also 500 species of fern and 1,000 species of trees.

Blue Moons happen in Jamaica. Sapphire-coloured moons have been observed half a dozen times during the last 40 years.

The Coconut Palm is not native to Jamaica or the West Indies. Surprisingly nor are sugar cane, bananas, mangoes, breadfruit or bamboo. They were all brought to the island at various stages in its history. The original Arawak inhabitants lived mainly on corn, fish and yams.

Currency- Jamaica's currency is the Jamaican dollar, not to be confused with the U.S. dollar. The value of the Jamaican dollar fluctuates but in June 2008 it was approximately JA$68 to US$1

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