Jamaica. According to Countryaah, the capital of Jamaica is Kingston. The ruling People’s National Party (PNP) won the election in December 1997 and won 33 of the parliament’s 60 seats. Prime Minister Percival J. Patterson appointed new government on January 2, 1998.
- Abbreviationfinder: What does JAM stand for in geography? Here, this 3 letter acronym refers to the country of Jamaica.
|Gross domestic product (GDP)||$ 26,060,000,000|
|GDP growth rate||0.70%|
|GDP per capita||$ 9,200|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||16.5%|
|Distribution of household income|
|Industrial production growth rate||1.70%|
|Investment volume||24.6% of GDP|
|National debt||101.00% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||3,100,000,000 USD|
|Number of visitors||2,080,000|
Jamaica has 975,000 residents (1930), of which approximately 660,000 are Negroes. There are also numerous other black men, and the white element is reduced to about 1500 individuals. This disproportion could strike as abnormal; However, when the slave trade was abolished, Jamaica had 324,000. Kingston (63,000 residents) Is the largest city and the capital of the colony; Port Royal was the main center when Kingston was nothing more than a cluster of miserable huts; after its destruction Spanish Town (now 8700 residents) became the virtual capital. The only other cities with more than 5,000 residents are Port Antonio (6300) and Montego Bay (6600). Despite the difficulties posed by natural conditions, around 405,000 hectares of land are now cultivated. The most important product is that of bananas, which grow mainly in Surrey and are exported from Port Antonio. This export varies in quantity and value; in the years 1915-17, for example, a series of hurricanes markedly reduced plantations and reduced yields. The conditions soon returned to improve, so much so that we have now again collected 10 million helmets; this was recently worth $ 1.5 million out of a total export of $ 4 million. The other export items, all vegetable, were sugar and coffee for approx so much so that 10 million helmets are now collected again; this was recently worth $ 1.5 million out of a total export of $ 4 million. The other export items, all vegetable, were sugar and coffee for approx so much so that 10 million helmets are now collected again; this was recently worth $ 1.5 million out of a total export of $ 4 million. The other export items, all vegetable, were sugar and coffee for approx1 / 2 million each (the Blue Mountain gets especially high prices on world coffee markets). It exports much rum Jamaica, for about 1 / 4 of a million; the camping of wood products and pepper for about 1 / 5 of a million each. Exports also include cocoa, oranges, coconuts, ginger and cigars. The main import items (total, 5 1 / 2 million dollars in 1925) are cottons, flour, fish, cars, shoes, rice, lumber and fuel. Trade is mainly active with the United States and Great Britain.
The standard gauge railways of Jamaica cover a total of 335 km. The main line starts in Kingston and heads to Montego Bay in North Cornwall. In Spanish Town, Middlesex, a railway line runs a difficult road north to Annotta Bay, and then heads along the north coast to Port Antonio in Surrey. Another line detaches from this trunk and runs to Ewarton in Middlesex. There are few railways in Surrey, and no lines exist along the Cornwall coast or along the southern coast of Middlesex. After being financed by various entities, Jamaica’s railways have now become government property. There are a few kilometers of electric traction trams on the island, about 160 km. by steam tram and almost 3700 km. of ordinary roads.
The following island groups depend administratively on Jamaica: 1. Cayman Islands (271 sq. Km., Pop. 5600), three islets halfway between Jamaica and the south-western strip of Cuba. In Grand Cayman is the center of Georgetown (1100 residents). All three islands export tortoises; the ground, low everywhere, never exceeds 15 meters in height; the climate is healthy, with average temperatures of 25 °; the annual precipitation is 1750 mm.; 2. Morant Cays and Pedro Cays, very small islands, from which guano is obtained; 3. Turks and Caicos Islands, located about 140 km. north of Haiti and 720 km. to NO. of Jamaica; geographically they belong to the Bahama Islands. They have more than 30 islets (428 sq. Km.), Of which only 8 are inhabited (about 5650 residents, of which 200 are whites). The largest of the islands is Grand Caicos; the capital is Grand Turk (1600 residents). The main imported items are flour, meat, cottons and rice; export ones, salt, sponges, sea shells, cotton and cottonseed. (See tables CLXIII and CLXIV).