10 Quick Facts About: Jamaica


You may have been to Jamaica 20 times and still never know some of these little titbits about the island. In fact, they’re so unknown, some of the islanders might scratch their heads! Brush up on your Jamaican facts below because you never know when you’ll be asked these questions on Jeopardy!

  1. Jamaica was the first island in the Caribbean to produce rum on a commercial basis. Ok, maybe you would have guessed that one!

  2. We’re home to the oldest golf club in the Western Hemisphere: The Manchester Golf Club in Jamaica, established 1868.

  3. Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, even before the United States! This was only 18 years after Britain! We were also the first British colony to establish a postal service.

  4. Jamaica is the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for the Football (Soccer) World Cup. This was the 1998 championship.

  5. Apart from the United States, Jamaica has won the most world and Olympic medals.

  6. Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the IOC Winter Olympics. The bobsleigh team's efforts inspired the film ‘Cool Runnings’.

  7. We have the second largest butterfly in the world (The Giant Swallowtail).

  8. Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to launch a web site, jamaicatravel.com. This was in 1994!

  9. The Jamaican Flag is the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn't share any of the colours of the American flag.

  10. Port Royal in Jamaica was once labelled 'The wickedest city on Earth'.

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- by Monique Solomon