With an influential culture with a long-held connection to its African roots that spans continents Jamaica is a small island that punches above its weight; with world renowned cuisine, music and sport stars it is hard to ignore this extraordinary Caribbean nation.
When you add this captivating culture to the island’s natural wonders which include white-sand beaches, verdant mountain slopes and tumbling waterfalls you get an unforgettable holiday destination.
This has in turn led to more social self-segregation by the Chinese-Bahamian community.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles from Matthew's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center.
A "major" Category 4 hurricane is capable of severely damaging well-built homes, uprooting trees and cutting off electricity and water to affected areas for weeks or months, according to the NHC.
The East Indians and Chinese arrived as indentured laborers. The official language is English, reflecting the British colonial heritage, but even in official contexts a number of creole dialects that reflect class, place, and social context are spoken. The national motto, which was adopted after independence from Great Britain in 1962, is "Out of many, one people." In the national flag, the two black triangles represent historical struggles and hardship, green triangles represent agricultural wealth and hope, and yellow cross-stripes represent sunshine and mineral resources. Jamaica was a Spanish colony from 1494 to 1655 and a British colony from 1655 to 1962.
The colonial period was marked by conflict between white absentee owners and local managers and merchants and African slave laborers.
Matthew was not expected to strengthen Friday, but rapidly grew from a Category 2 storm.