What did the Europeans take to Jamaica?
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The first Europeans to colonize Jamaica were the Spanish in 1494, when Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain. However, the Spanish were evicted by the British in 1655. To this day, Jamaica's official language is still English. Jamaica is also a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
Tobacco and sugar The first Europeans in the Caribbean were the Spanish who settle in Hispaniola in 1494 and followed quickly into Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica. They were followed by the French and the Dutch who settled throughout the lesser Antilles. The British arrived in in 1614 getting a toehold on St. Kitts, which they shared with the French in 1624, followed by Barbados and the taking of Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655.
The neighborhood of Jamaica is completely unrelated to the Caribbean nation of Jamaica (although many residents are immigrants from Jamaica); the name similarity is a coincidence. The name derives from "Yameco", a corruption of a word for "beaver" in the Lenape language spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the area at the time of first European contact. The "y" sound in English is spelled with a "j" in Dutch, the first Europeans to…
Take the Long Island Railroad to Jamaica and change for a train going to Valley Stream. If you are not near the LIRR, take the E or J subway train to the Jamaica LIRR station and change to the railroad there. The only train that stops in Jamaica is the LIRR. The subway does not go into Nassau County.
No. The first people to settle in Jamaica were the Arawak and Taino people, indigenous tribes from South America. They arrived between the year 4000 BC and 1000 BC. However, the next people to arrive were the Spaniards, when Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain in 1494 AD. The Spanish stayed here until the English kicked them out in the year 1665 AD. So, the Spaniards were not the first group to settle in Jamaica, but…