Jamaicans predominately have African ancestry, with significant European, Chinese, Indian, and mixed-race minorities.Due to a high rate of emigration for work since the 1960s, Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Situated south of Cuba and west of Haiti in the North West region of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica has a maximum length, from east to west, of about 235 km (146 mi); the maximum width being around 80 km (50 mi). The total area of the nation is approximately 10,991 sq km (4,244 sq mi). Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola (the island containing the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic).Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494.
Overview of Jamaica Jamaica is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the largest English-speaking territory.
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Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, and also a large commercial seaport.
Each parish has a capital town, which is typically the centre of commerce and two parish capitals, Montego Bay in St. Kingston, located on the island’s southeast end, is Jamaica’s capital.