British Colonization In Jamaica

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“The word Jamaica comes from an Awarak word Xaymaca, meaning “Land of wood and water” (Quick Facts About Jamaica). The early Jamaicans couldn’t express their heritage. Jamaica’s early years were full of pain and having an uncivilized society. A comparison of Jamaica's living conditions, government, culture and political view before, during and after British colonization will enable one to understand the impact the British had on Jamaica.
In order to understand the effects the British had on Jamaica, one must know how the country was before it was colonized. The first Jamaicans were Taino Indians, stone-age people, who migrated and settled in Jamaica from the northern coast of South America around 600 AD. After almost 900 years, they were wiped
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Jamaica was captured by an English naval force and was formally transferred to England in 1670 under the Treaty of Madrid. Later many English immigrants arrived and many agricultural and forest industries grew which led to importation of African slaves (Jamaica). Jamaica was later transferred to the English from the Spanish. Slavery still continued after the British took control. “To grow the sugarcane, the English brought many more Africans to work as slaves. Most of the slaves came the West Coast of Africa. The majority were from the Fanti and Ashanti tribes. Others from the Ibo and Yoruba tribes came from what is now present day Nigeria” (Quick Facts About Jamaica). Jamaica became established for its sugarcane and was taken advantage of by utilization. To receive the labour that was needed, a number of slaves were brought in to work on the plantations. In 1832, the slaves revolted thinking the emancipation had been granted. They killed many whites and destroyed property. After two years, the Act was passed and the slaves were free (British Empire: Caribbean: Jamaica). The slaves took their chance at having freedom. They went on a rampage and caused destruction. Luckily, they received the freedom that they deserved. Slavery was abolished in 1838 and the act made $30 million available as compensation to the owners of many slaves (Jamaica). In 1938, unemployment and resentment against racial policies caused serious …show more content…
Jamaica received both a positive and negative impact. The Jamaicans didn’t really have a chance to express themselves or embrace their own cultures. But, there were positive outcomes after Jamaica became independent. After the many hardships, Jamaica made its way through the colonization. There may still be problems and conflict but the main struggle has been departed. It’s safe to say that the emancipation helped with the stride to

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