Jamaica has a remarkable history that begins some 3000 years ago when the Taino Indians of South America settled
on the island, which they called Xamayca.
Columbus' sailed to the island in 1494 and claimed it for Spain, which began years of occupation and oppression in 1509.
The Spanish named the island Santiago (St. James).
Spain brought the first slaves to Jamaica in 1517 and it was the slave trade's influence that dominated the history of Jamaica for centuries.