Geography Jamaica is the largest island on the Caribbean with a population of 5 million people. It is located south of Cuba and west of Haiti. There are smaller islands like Port Royal on the south coast of Jamaica
Jamaica is the largest island on the Caribbean with a population of 2.5 million people. It is located south of Cuba and west of Haiti. There are smaller islands like Port Royal on the south coast of Jamaica. On the southwest of Jamaica, there are shallow seas that have reefs. The east of the island is home to limestone plateaus, coastal lowlands, volcanic hills and the Blue Mountains.
The island is known for music and dance. Mento is a form of music and dance that has its history in Africa. Music is a big part of the lives of Jamaicans. After artists like Bob Marley, reggae music has been internationally renowned. Reggae is the most popular style of music in Jamaica while Ska is a soft rhythm and blues beat that is still played on the island. When it comes to language, Jamaicans speak their official language English with a unique accent. Letters such as “th” sound like the letter “d”, for example “that” would be pronounced “dat.” In rural areas, Patois is spoken. It is derivative language of West Africa with basics of French and Spanish. Holidays include Jamaican Independence Day on the 6th of August.
Christianity is the religion of about 80% of the population including denominations such as Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism. A unique and important religion in Jamaica is Rastafarianism. A hundred thousand of the people are Rastafarians; a movement that was said to have begun in the 1930’s. Rastafarians are stereotypically known throughout the globe for wearing the hair in dreadlocks as well as growing beards and carrying Bibles. The reason why the world became well known to this now popular religion is because of the late reggae musician Bob Marley who came to be known as one of the most influential and international stars of his generation.
Jamaican food is rich in spices , including popular spices like pimento, pepper and nutmeg. A few famous foods are yucca, Bammy which is a toasted bread wafer, and the national fruit of Jamaica called the Ackee. This fruit has to be cooked properly otherwise it can be poisonous. It is usually combined with saltfish to make one of the popular dishes. One of the ways Jamaicans are known for cooking is “Jerking.” This is a process where meat is spiced through marinating and cooked slowly on an outdoor pit so the juices are preserved. The dish has a very unique and spicy flavor. Tropical fruits are also readily available including mangoes, pineapple, papayas and bananas.
Open the can of beans and drain out the liquid. Put that in a measuring cup and add the coconut milk and water to make four full cups of liquid.
Add the beans, garlic, onion (chopped), thyme and the liquid (above) to a pot. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Bring this to a boil. Then, add the rice and boil it for two minutes on high. Cook until all the water is absorbed on low. This should take a maximum of 20 minutes.
This will make about 6 servings.
Jamaicans usually eat peas and rice for dinner and combine it with pork or chicken.