The colonial period was marked by conflict between white absentee owners and local managers and merchants and African slave laborers.After independence, there was conflict between plantation and industrial economic interests and those of small, peasant cultivators and landless laborers.
There are a few rules you must abide by, however, if you plan to get married in Jamaica.The bride opens the nut, shares it with the groom, and sends a piece via messenger to other families to announce the engagement.After the wedding ceremony, guests shower the couple with corn kernels, symbolizing fertility.The black demographic category includes the descendants of African slaves, postslavery indentured laborers, and people of mixed ancestry.The East Indians and Chinese arrived as indentured laborers. The official language is English, reflecting the British colonial heritage, but even in official contexts a number of creole dialects that reflect class, place, and social context are spoken. The national motto, which was adopted after independence from Great Britain in 1962, is "Out of many, one people." In the national flag, the two black triangles represent historical struggles and hardship, green triangles represent agricultural wealth and hope, and yellow cross-stripes represent sunshine and mineral resources. Jamaica was a Spanish colony from 1494 to 1655 and a British colony from 1655 to 1962.