1. The Jamaican Flag is also the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn't share any of the colors of the American flag.
  2. ​Jamaica is the first Caribbean Country to gain Independence.
  3. Jamaica is the birth place of Robert ("Bob") Marley.
  4. Jamaica had electricity before the United States.
  5. Jamaica has the most "churches" per square mile of any country in the world.
  6. Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to launch a web site, JamaicaTravel.com.
  7. On Christopher Columbus' second voyage, the tip of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica was the first land sighted.


In September 1961, it was announced that the competition for the words of the National Anthem would be judged in the first instance. The successful script would then be published and a contest for the music put in train. Nearly one hundred entries for the words were received and it was subsequently announced on March 17 that the competition for the words of the National Anthem would close on Saturday March 31, 1962. The honor of the Order of National Hero may be conferred upon any person who was born in Jamaica or is, or at the time of his or her death was, a citizen of Jamaica and rendered to Jamaica service of a most distinguished nature.


Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.