Jamaica was an English colony for 300 years while the majority of the population were African slaves. This situation produced a syncretic indigenous Jamaican culture. Sugar was the main industry until the slaves were emancipated. A dual economy exists with bauxite mining and alumina processing being the most important legitimate economic activity while the illegal growing and export of marijuana is the most important cash crop.
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Middle America and the Caribbean --Caribbean
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The eHRAF Jamaicans collection consists only of this culture summary. This article was published originally in the Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol. 8, Middle America and the Caribbean, James Dow, Volume Editor. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall & Co.1995.