Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Named Santiago, it remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered the island and renamed it Jamaica. Under British rule, Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves imported from Africa, followed later by Chinese and Indian indentured labour. All slaves were fully emancipated in 1838, with independence from the United Kingdom achieved on 6 August 1962.
A group of 6 Australian friends - white, middle-aged males - combine to compete in a marathon relay swim in treacherous waters off Jamaica. But even before the race begins fractures appear in the relationships, with drug-taking, hidden secrets and personal crises coming to dominate.
Dedication: The Jamaica portrayed in these pages, and all those who exist there, are works of fiction. This book is dedicated to the facts who got out of the way of a good story.
Patrick Ness in The Guardian found that "Alongside Tim Winton's Breath, this is the second excellent novel in as many months to examine masculinity and male friendship in Australian sport, a subject that might seem of limited intrinsic interest. But it's not the song, it's how it's sung, and if Winton is an aria, Knox is early Rolling Stone.."
Local chef MillicentJohnson says that back home in Jamaica, people made their own grills using materials at hand ... is really good but never as good as it was back in Jamaica.” ... Johnson says she makes her jerk fresh, with a few specific ingredients shipped to her from Jamaica.
An estimated 600,000Africans were shipped to toil in Jamaica, according to the National Library of Jamaica ... Seized from Spain by the British in 1655, Jamaica was a British colony until it became independent in 1962 ... An estimated 600,000 Africans were shipped to toil in Jamaica, according to the National Library of Jamaica.
Jamaica plans to ask the UK to pay billions in compensation for the centuries-old slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official has announced ... An estimated 600,000Africans were shipped to toil in Jamaica, according to the National Library of Jamaica.
Jamaica is planning to seek billions of pounds in compensation from Britain for the role the former colony played in the trans-Atlantic slave trade ...The NationalLibrary of Jamaica estimates around 600,000African slaves were shipped to the island ... Jamaica is seeking billions in compensation Credit.
As an executor and trustee of two plantations in Jamaica, Charles received £4,660 for 543 enslaved people ... At the time of his death, he was the owner of 1,500 enslaved men and women in Jamaica ... Many of these products were exported to Africa, stocking ships he owned that transported enslaved Africans to Jamaica, Barbados and Carolina.
Many of those impacted by the scandal, which first emerged publicly in 2017, were descendants of people on the Empire Windrush ship which travelled from Jamaica to the UK after the British government encouraged post-war migration from British colonies and promised migrants the same rights to live and work as UK citizens ... ....