Jamaica is formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, it later became the British West Indies Crown colony of Jamaica. It is the third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Jamaica slowly gained independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958. Jamaica’s prosperity has dimished since the 1980s as major alimina companies have closed or left the country and unemploymnet remins moderately high.The economy is now heavily dependent on services, which now account for more than 60% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances sent home from Jamaicans living abroad, and some bauxite/alumina mining.

The economy faces serious long-term problems especiallly as recurrent violence from rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties have evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.



Kingston is the capital where these photos were taken. Along with being a very homophobic country with several gay murders and assaults in the past few years, Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Every year since 2000 Jamaica has reached over 1000 murders, in which 2005 murder count was 1,674 the highest ever recorded. Almost 46% of murders that occur in Jamaica happen within Kingston, which 95% almost always occur in the depressed garrison neighborhoods of Downtown Kingston.

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Welcome to Jamaica and
Welcome to Jamaica and Kingston...
Downtown Kingston - Ward
Downtown Kingston - Ward Theatre...
Downtown Kingston - Ministry
Downtown Kingston - Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture...
Downtown Kingston - Mico
Downtown Kingston - Mico College...
Kingston - Sunday morning
Kingston - Sunday morning downtown...
Downtown Kingston - shops
Downtown Kingston - shops...
Downtown Kingston - murals
Downtown Kingston - murals of historic leaders...
Downtown Kingston - graffiti
Downtown Kingston - graffiti wall ('Jah' is Rastafarian for ...
Downtown Kingston - decrepit
Downtown Kingston - decrepit colonial relic...
Downtown Kingston - Sunday
Downtown Kingston - Sunday morning at the bus stop...
Downtown Kingston - guard
Downtown Kingston - guard tower...
Downtown Kingston - harborfront
Downtown Kingston - harborfront activity...
Downtown Kingston - harbor
Downtown Kingston - harbor guys...
Downtown Kingston - buildings
Downtown Kingston - buildings along harborfront...
Downtown Kingston - local
Downtown Kingston - local ferry from Port Royal arriving at ...
Downtown Kingston - harborfront
Downtown Kingston - harborfront statue of 'Negro Aroused'...
Downtown Kingston - old
Downtown Kingston - old harbor piers from previous prosperou...
Downtown Kingston - harbor
Downtown Kingston - harbor with little traffic...
Downtown Kingston - colorful
Downtown Kingston - colorful shops and church...
Downtown Kingston - old
Downtown Kingston - old colonial style shops with little bus...
Downtown Kingston - the
Downtown Kingston - the only synagogue...
Downtown Kingston - mural
Downtown Kingston - mural with the Queen and leader Norman M...
Downtown Kingston - Jamaica
Downtown Kingston - Jamaica Heritage Society HQ...
Downtown Kingston - Parliament
Downtown Kingston - Parliament Building (Parliament very hom...
Downtown Kingston - mural
Downtown Kingston - mural of Parliament (in British wigs)...
Downtown Kingston - old
Downtown Kingston - old colonial style house...
Downtown Kingston - back
Downtown Kingston - back street neighborhood...
Downtown Kingston - back
Downtown Kingston - back street neighborhood...
Downtown Kingston - back
Downtown Kingston - back street neighborhood...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Heroes Park...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Heroes Park entrance...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Heroes Park guard...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Heroes Park guard soldiers...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Heroes Park memorial to Alex Bu...
National Heroes Park memorial to George Gordon and Paul Bogle 19c
National Heroes Park memorial to George Gordon and Paul Bogl...
National Heroes Park memorial to George Gordon and Paul Bogle 19c
National Heroes Park memorial to George Gordon and Paul Bogl...
National Heroes Park memorial to Norman Manley Prime Minister 1960's
National Heroes Park memorial to Norman Manley Prime Ministe...
National Heroes Park memorial to Norman Manley Prime Minister 1960s
National Heroes Park memorial to Norman Manley Prime Ministe...
National Heroes Park memorial
National Heroes Park memorial to Norman Manley...
National Heroes Park memorial
National Heroes Park memorial to Marcus Garvey independence ...
Local faces
Local faces...
Local face
Local face...
Local faces
Local faces...
Downtown Kingston - shop
Downtown Kingston - shop with mural of Haile Selassie of Eth...
Downtown Kingston - shop with mural of Simon Bolivar of
Downtown Kingston - shop with mural of Simon Bolivar of Colo...
Downtown Kingston - Bob
Downtown Kingston - Bob Marley mural...
Downtown Kingston - Bob
Downtown Kingston - Bob Marley Museum...
Downtown Kingston - billboard for fuel gas product
Downtown Kingston - billboard for fuel gas product...
New Kingston - upscale
New Kingston - upscale housing...
New Kingston - upscale housing
New Kingston - upscale housing...
New Kingston - upscale housing
New Kingston - upscale housing...
New Kingston - entry to Prime Minister's house
New Kingston - entry to Prime Minister's house...
New Kingston - India House
New Kingston - India House...
New Kingston - Devon mansion (used for public functions)
New Kingston - Devon mansion (used for public functions)...
New Kingston - office building
New Kingston - office building...
New Kingston - main street
New Kingston - main street...
New Kingston - main street
New Kingston - main street...
New Kingston - graffiti on wall
New Kingston - graffiti on wall...
New Kingston - nearly empty shopping center
New Kingston - nearly empty shopping center...
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art Sculptural studies of 'Negro
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art Sculptural studi...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - National
Downtown Kingston - National Gallery of Art...
Downtown Kingston - Newspaper
Downtown Kingston - Newspaper vendor...
Downtown Kingston shops
Downtown Kingston shops...
New Kingston - upscale cars
New Kingston - upscale cars...
Brian Williamson, murdered gay
Brian Williamson, murdered gay rights activist (killed June ...
Brian Williamson, murdered gay rights activist (killed June 2004)
Brian Williamson, murdered gay rights activist (killed June ...
Memorial sunset' for Brian
Memorial sunset' for Brian Williamson...
Jamaica AIDS Support agency
Jamaica AIDS Support agency poster...