History of Jamaica
Around 650 A.D., a group of Arawak Indians emigrated from South America and came to Jamaica, the third largest island in the West Indies. They settled on the island, and relied on growing crops and fishing to survive. The Arawaks lived peacefully; growing an attachment to the lovely new home that they named “Xaymaca”, or the land of wood and water.
Christopher Columbus came across “Xaymaca”, in 1494 during his second voyage to the New World. He explored the lands in hope of finding gold, but did not find any.
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