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Jamaica
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is the third largest of the Greater Antilles situated in the Caribbean with an area of 10,991 km2. Jamaica's population in 2000 was approx. 2.6 million, of whom 90% were of African origin and 7.3% Creoles; 5.5% belong to the Anglican Church, 55.8% belongs to other Protestant churches (see below), approx. 8% are Catholic, 5% Rastafari, 5% Hindu, and 2% of Chinese religion.

In 1494 C. Columbus discovered the island, which was populated by the Arawak Indians. These almost completely disappeared during Spanish rule. In 1655 Jamaica became a British …

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Lampe, Armando, “Jamaica”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10721>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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