Inquiring News Staff Report
HARTFORD – This year (2012) Jamaica will celebrate 50 years as an independent nation proud of its achievements as a young country, taking its place in the brotherhood of nations. The island gained its independence from England on August 6, 1962. To mark the 50th anniversary of its independence, the Jamaican flag will be hoisted over the Connecticut State Capital building, in beautiful downtown Hartford, for the very first time, on Sunday, August 5 at 6 pm.
Today, Jamaica’s multi-racial population of approximately 2.7 million at home and about the same living outside of the country primarily comprises people of African descent (the governing majority), along with the descendants of early Taino, Spanish, British and Jews. Later on German, East Indian and Chinese indentured workers along with some of Middle Eastern descent became part of a mosaic representing a
historical blending of races, cultures and religions.
Because of its socio-anthropological history, physical size and beauty, most Jamaicans whether at home or in the Diaspora are seized by “that spirit of national consciousness and feeling of belonging to
Jamaica and its destiny.”