• Brian Hunter
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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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Further Reading

  1. Economic and Social Survey, Jamaica. Planning Institute of Jamaica, Kingston (Annual)Google Scholar
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