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Jamaica

Jamaica

sherntte mcintosh millere


Population

Population

  • Jamaica has a population of more than 2.8 million people. Most people are of African descent (90 percent) or a mix of African and other groups, but some East Indians, Chinese, and Europeans live there, too. Because the population is made up of many groups, the national motto is “Out of Many, One People.” Many Jamaicans also live in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom.


Foods

foods

  • The national dish is saltfish (salted codfish) with ackee (a fruit that looks and tastes a little like scrambled eggs when it is cooked), but Jamaicans have many other favorites, too. Roasted meat and fish seasoned with a spicy sauce called jerk is sold and eaten everywhere. Curried goat is a favorite, as is manish water (a soup made with goat intestines). Fruits (mangoes, bananas, papaya, pineapples, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes) are commonly eaten. Vegetables also play an important role in the Jamaican diet. Many people drink sky juice, which is the name for any fruit punch. Chocolate tea made from cocoa beans is another favorite drink.


Holidays

Holidays

People tidy their homes and whitewash stones and tree trunks to make everything look nice for visiting friends and relatives. For Jamaican kids, the best part of this holiday is the food. They enjoy Christmas cake (and licking the bowl clean once the sweet batter has been made), sorrel drink (made from a plant that only flowers in the tropics around Christmastime), Jamaicans love Christmas. For most Jamaicans, Christmas is a religious holiday, and many go and baked ham. Kids also love Christmas Eve. It’s the one time of the year when they can stay out as late as they want. Some people dress up in costumes, play music, and dance in the street. Food and other items are sold. This celebration has its roots in e of slavery.


Games

games

  • Jamaican boys and girls play many games together. Dandy Sandy (similar to dodge ball, but using a homemade ball), sticky (much like freeze tag), jacks (played with a small ball and 6 to 12 small stones), and marbles are just a few. Nearly all young kids play cricket, which is a game like baseball. As they get older, girls begin playing netball (a game similar to basketball but without dribbling), and boys begin playing soccer. Dominoes is a favorite game for all Jamaicans.


How big

How big

  • . Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean Sea. It belongs to a group of islands called the West Indies. Nearly the size of Connecticut, it stretches 146 miles (235 km) west to east and is 20 to 50 miles (32–80 km) wide. In the east are the Blue Mountains. The west-central section is hilly. Along the coasts are plains and valleys that reach up to the hills. The climate is tropical, meaning it stays warm year-round. Winds from the northeast bring 200 to 300 inches (5–8 m) of rain in the mountains. However, the south is often sunny.


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