For thousands of years, Jamaica has been accommodating travelers from different continents around the world. Its rich culture is as old as its history. Since the island was rich in natural resources and offered a pleasant climate, it became a new home for the pioneers. These indigenous people brought along a particular culture with them, marking the beginning of an astounding history. The Amerindians enjoyed a healthy and peaceful life at the island until the Europeans invaded the region to rule it under their flag. The island has also been home to the Africans, who initially served as slaves but then flee to the mountains to live an independent life.
Moreover, the gem of the Caribbean has also been welcoming travelers from different parts of Asia and Middle East, who came searching for a better life. All these variations in traditions and customs have merged into one significant whole making it a milestone for Jamaica. Today, Jamaica is an amalgamation of different ethnicities with an overwhelming history that is displayed in the midst of breathtaking views and remarkable flora and fauna. Pleasant climate year-round, immense variations in the landscapes and warm smiles of the locals are the reason why Jamaica is the hub of travelers from world over.
Jamaica is truly a multi-ethnic region with spectrums in skin tones, eye colors and variations in physical and facial features. The Jamaicans are known for their creativity, which is also reflected in different forms of art. What’s exceptional about these masterpieces is the diversity of their thoughts and ideas. The region has produced some of the finest artists in the entire Caribbean and has a large number of galleries that showcase these emblems of pride.
Since the climate of Jamaica is tropical, it purports varied ecosystems with unique plants and animals, some of which can only be seen in this part of the world. However, over the centuries, the flora and fauna of the region has changed considerably. At the time of arrival of Spaniards in 1494, the region mostly comprised of thick forests and small agricultural areas.
The Europeans cleared much of the densely forested areas to build houses. They also introduced new plants including banana, sugarcane and citrus trees. The Jamaican wildlife consists of mammals, reptiles and other endemic species.