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Descriptor English: Jamaica
Descriptor Spanish: Jamaica
Descriptor Portuguese: Jamaica
Descriptor French: Jamaïque
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900.525
Z01.639.880.525
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D007563
Scope note: An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies. Its capital is Kingston. It was discovered in 1494 by Columbus and was a Spanish colony 1509-1655 until captured by the English. Its flourishing slave trade was abolished in the 19th century. It was a British colony 1655-1958 and a territory of the West Indies Federation 1958-62. It achieved full independence in 1962. The name is from the Arawak Xaymaca, rich in springs or land of springs. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p564 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p267)
Annotation: an island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
DeCS ID: 7732
Unique ID: D007563
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Jamaica - Preferred
Concept UI M0011820
Scope note An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies. Its capital is Kingston. It was discovered in 1494 by Columbus and was a Spanish colony 1509-1655 until captured by the English. Its flourishing slave trade was abolished in the 19th century. It was a British colony 1655-1958 and a territory of the West Indies Federation 1958-62. It achieved full independence in 1962. The name is from the Arawak Xaymaca, rich in springs or land of springs. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p564 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p267)
Preferred term Jamaica



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