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Jamaica, 60 years of independence – around the world

By Ida Penny (ANSA) – KINGSTON, AUGUST 11 – Sixty years ago, Jamaica’s declaration of independence from the United Kingdom and the West India Company; Today the Caribbean island celebrates its anniversary with parades, processions, concerts and walks in the emblematic places of the capital, Kingston.

The journey into the history and culture of Jamaica begins at the National Museum which offers the opportunity to deepen the spirit of Kingston and its people: from testimonies of the colonial period to the devastating earthquake of the early 20th century and an exhibition of documents on independence. The museum also displays objects and details about the island’s history. Not far from the Museum of Natural History ( and one of the most important museum sites in the country, which allows you to get acquainted with the many species of local flora and fauna up close and understand the importance that residents give to the nature around them. More than 130 thousand specimens of plants and 110 thousand animals inhabit different areas of the museum.

Another stop on this tour is Devon House (, the historic home of George Stiebel, a marine merchant, entrepreneur, and the first indigenous millionaire in Jamaica; The imposing building, built in the 19th century, makes visitors relive the splendor and luxury of the last two centuries. Overlooking large, lush gardens, this is a wonderful blend of Caribbean and Georgian architecture, furnished with a large collection of antiques ranging from local, English and French stuff.

The newest iconic venue is Emancipation Park, the symbol of freedom and hope, the green heart of Kingston. This city park celebrates the end of slavery and the rediscovered deprivation of liberty for most Jamaican workers until the early 19th century. There are many experiences that can be lived in the park: walking along the green paths and enjoying different types of tropical plants and colorful roses; Enjoy a picnic with the whole family or take a selfie under the “Redemption Song” statue, in honor of the iconic piece by famous Jamaican artist Laura Facey, which decorates the ceremonial entrance to the park.

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