An introduction to the geography, history, economy, people, and social life and customs of Jamaica, an island nation in the Caribbean Sea.
With travel brochure-like descriptions, Ann Heinrichs captures the atmosphere of this beautiful island with its mountains, forests, and bright beaches. However, the now famous resort has a somber history. Although discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, all adult Jamaicans did not have the freedom to vote until 1944. The country, originally populated by the Arawak Indians, has survived a heritage of domination and subjugation. Because of Spanish rule, most native Jamaicans or their ancestors were at one time slaves. It is no surprise, then, that in this volume special focus is given to seven national heroes who have been influential in establishing freedom and voting rights. Religious leaders and sports celebrities are also noted. Other special features include a map, numerous photographs, bolded vocabulary words, and a glossary. Additional resource pages list books and online sites. The book is a part of the "A True Book" series. 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 8 to 12.