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Our rich Jamaican heritage is depicted by our motto "Out of Many One People". Although over 90% of our population is comprised of individuals of African descent, the contribution of other ethnic groups such as the Indians, the Chinese, the Germans, the Jews, and the Syrians/Lebanese to the social and economic development of the country cannot go unnoticed.

Join us for Black History Month celebration in Jamaica.. October 2006

From 799.00 for 2 weeks - including Air fare, Accommodation and Tours

The tours covers;

  • Visit to Excavation sites;
  • Heritage sites; (e.g Port Royal, Fort Charles, Maroon town, Bob Marley Museum, Seville Great House & Heritage Park)
  • Places of Architectural Interest; (Parish churches,Court buildings)
  • Join in Heritage Celebartion during October. (Heritage Week Lecture, Heritage Expo)

  • Mineral Spas (Bath Mineral, Milk River, Black River Spa, Rock Fort Spa)
Learn about the origin of the people

AFRICANS The first Africans arrived in Jamaica in 1513 as servants to the Spanish settlers. These Africans were freed by the Spanish when the English captured the island in 1655. They immediately fled to the mountains where they fought to retain their freedom and became the first Maroons.

INDIANS The East Indians are the largest ethnic minority in Jamaica. They arrived as indentured labourers between 1845 and 1917. The Indians came to Jamaica to earn a "fortune" for starting a better life back in India.

Chineese The Chinese represent a very small proportion of the Jamaican population, nevertheless, their impact has been great particularly in the area of commerce. The first Chinese arrived in 1849. The Chinese were brought as indentured labourers to work on the sugar estates following the the emancipation of the slaves.

Germans The Germans came as indentured labourers. After emancipation, the Colonial Government of Jamaica adopted a programme of settling European peasants in the island. It was hoped that they would create a thriving settlement and act as a model for the ex-slaves.

JEWS The first Jews came to the island during the Spanish occupation of the island, 1494-1655. These Jews came from Spain and Portugal. They fled because of the Spanish inquisition. To conceal their identity they referred to themselves as "Portuguese" and practiced their religion secretly.

SYRIANS/LEBANESE In the last decade of the nineteenth century, immigrants from the Middle East began arriving in Jamaica. The majority came from Lebanon, the others were from Damascus in Syria and from Bethlehem in Palestine. It is important to note that at the time of the first immigration to Jamaica, the Middle East area was known as Syria and Mount Lebanon was a part of Syria. Later when the countries were divided, the people from Mount Lebanon became known as Lebanese.