Usain Bolt – Jamaica
Usain Bolt made history by winning the 200m in a new world record in a time of 19,19 sec. at the World Athletic Champs in Berlin today. What is more interesting is that Jamaica so far has won five gold medals.
For a country so small this is quit remarkable. i got this stats from the Internet which will give you an idea how small it really is. I would say about half the size of the Freestate.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, Jamaica remained a Spanish colony until captured by the English in 1655. It gained its independence in 1962, and is an important force in the tourism economy and politics of the Caribbean.
It’s about the size of the U.S. State of Connecticut, and measures 4,400 square miles. It’s 145 miles from east to west, and 20 and 50 miles from north to south.
Jamaica is dominated by mountains, mostly covered with lush, green forests. Blue Mountain is the highest point, at 7,402 feet.
White beaches surround this tropical island, and over 100 small rivers (mostly streams) flow from the mountains to the Caribbean coast.
Located 95 miles south of Cuba, Jamaica is known for many things – but certainly on top of any list are the numerous idyllic beach resorts, local pirate history, Reggae music, culture and food, and of course, delicious Blue Mountain Coffee.
Quick Facts and Figures
Official Name Jamaica
Capital City Kingston (590,000)
Languages English, Creole
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Official Currency Jamaican Dollar
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Religions Protestant, others
Land Area 10,830 sq km (4,181 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 18º 15N, 77º 30W
Highest Point Blue Mountain (2,256 meters)