Jamaican Flag: very short description of the flag, meaning, and short history

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Jamaica was liberated on August 6,1962. That same day the Jamaican flag came into use. The Jamaican flag came about from the idea of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The British Commonwealth of Nations aim was to get its different regions to take charge of their selves. The Jamaican Flag was the idea of Lincoln Palmer by the request of the queen of Jamaica Elizabeth the second.. The three colors of the flag are gold, green and black. The gold represents the national wealth of and beauty of Jamaica. The Spanish then the British because of there national resources colonized Jamaica. The warm climate and fertile land made Jamaica a perfect target for colonization. Mineral deposits in Jamaica include gypsum, lead, and salt. The bauxite deposits, in the central section of the island, are among the richest in the world. Rich soils are found on the coastal plains. Abundant and remarkably mixed vegetation set apart Jamaica's plant life.

More than 200 species of flowering plants have been classified. Among indigenous trees are cedar, mahoe, mahogany, logwood, rosewood, ebony, palmetto palm, coconut palm, and pimento. Introduced varieties, such as the mango, breadfruit, banana, and plantain, also flourish on the island and are widely cultivated. The Jamaican animal life, as that of the West Indies generally, includes highly diversified bird life. Parrots, hummingbirds, cuckoos, and green todies are especially abundant. The terrain is mountainous, except for several tracts of lowlands in the southern coastal area. Thermal springs occur in various areas. Many small unavoidable rivers pass through the island.

The green represents Jamaica?s agricultural resources and also represents hope. The Arawak Indians were the first inhabitants of Jamaica. They were very good at making things. The Spanish and the British also brought ideas from their homelands and built buildings that were...