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THE NATIONAL EMBLEMS, SYMBOLS & SONGS 


Represent the uniqueness of Jamaica in the Caribbean as well as highlight our culture and history. 

Initially, a committee known as the National Flower Committee was selected and assigned the specific task to make recommendations for the choice of a National Flower. Later, they were asked to recommend a choice for a National Tree, a National Fruit and a National Bird.

The Jamaica Horticultural Society had been giving consideration to the choice of a National Flower from 1959. A short list of 14 flowers had previously been prepared and given wide publicity in order to determine public opinion. On the basis of the response the Jamaica Horticultural Society recommended to the National Flower Committee that the flower of the Lignum Vitae be chosen as the National Flower of Jamaica. This suggestion was approved.

The Flower Committee also recommended that the National Tree should be the Blue Mahoe; the National Fruit, the Ackee; the National Bird, the Doctor Bird or Swallow-Tail Humming Bird.
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Jamaica, once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it became an English, and later a British, colony, known as "Jamaica". 

It achieved full independence in 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Read more...
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