A Timeline of Jamaica

By Tim Lambert

Early Jamaica

800 AD A people called the Arawaks lived in Jamaica. They were stone age farmers.

1494 Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica

1510 The first Spanish settlers arrive in Jamaica

1517 African slaves are imported into Jamaica

1534 The Spanish move to Villa de la Vega

1655 The English invade Jamaica

1660 Spanish resistance is crushed at the battle of Rio Bueno

1670 Spain formally cedes Jamaica to England

1692 An earthquake devastates Port Royal

1750 Sugar plantations in Jamaica are worked by African slaves

1831 Sam Sharpe leads a slave rebellion

1834 Slavery is abolished in Jamaica

1865 Paul Boge leads a rebellion

1866 Jamaica is made a crown colony

1872 Kingston is made the capital of Jamaica

1938 During the Depression a battle takes place between workers and police at the West Indies Sugar Company in Frome

1944 All Jamaicans are given the vote and a new constitution is introduced

1962 Jamaica becomes independent

1972 Michael Manley wins the election and introduces Socialism. The result is a flight of capital from Jamaica.

1980 Manley loses an election

1992 Percival James Patterson becomes the first black Prime Minister of Jamaica

2009 Jamaica suffers in a recession

2016 The economy is growing again