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Jamaica 
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General    
Capital: Kingston
Population: 2,665,636
Languages: English, Creole
National Days: First Monday in August
     
Geographic    
Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba
Geographic Coordinates: 18 15 N, 77 30 W
Area: total:  10,990 sq km

land:  10,830 sq km

water:  160 sq km
Border Countries: None
Climate: tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Terrain: mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
Elevation Extremes: lowest point:  Caribbean Sea 0 m

highest point:  Blue Mountain Peak 2,256 m
Natural Hazards: hurricanes (especially July to November)
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Economic    
GDP: $9.7 billion
Currency: Jamaican dollar
Currency Code: JMD
Rough Exchange Rates: US Dollar 45.5

Pound Sterling  

Industries: tourism, bauxite, textiles, food processing, light manufactures, rum, cement, metal, paper, chemical products
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Historic    
1494 Discovered by Columbus
1509 Spanish Colony
1655 Captured by England
1944 Self-Government
1958 - 62 Member of Federation of the West Indies
6 August 1962 Independence
   
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