Reasons why Jamaica is the ‘BIGGEST’ little country in the world

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Can you think of any other island of similar size to Jamaica where its ideas, customs, and social behaviour are emulated by so many people across the world?

Physically our island is a mere speck on the global map but culturally, we are a force to be reckoned with! Jamaica sits proudly on the Caribbean Sea with a meagre length of 146 miles and a population of just over 2.7 million.

Despite its tiny size, Jamaica can go ‘toe to toe’ with the world’s Superpowers in terms of global popularity. It really is phenomenal just how well known and adopted our culture is around the world. Here are some of the main reasons why Jamaica stands side by side with the world’s greatest nations in terms of popularity:

 

How We Speak

  

We have a very cool and unique way of speaking and because of this many parts of the world continue to adopt elements of Jamaican dialect.

Jamaican Patois is a combination of English words and a Jamaican accent with grammatical features common to the languages of West Africa.

It’s always interesting and often times hilarious to see persons from other nations attempt to ‘chat inna patwa’.

Many persons have gone to great lengths to understand and speak like us. In fact some have even moved to Jamaica in order to learn patois.

Check out this guy’s reasonable attempt at speaking Jamaican Patois below:


 

We can Run !

Jamaican athletes are the bestJamaica has always had a fairly strong presence in track and field but in recent years we have absolutely dominated certain areas, particularly sprints.

  

Breaking World and Olympic records while making it look easy has propelled Usain Bolt to stratospheric levels of stardom.

His incredible feats have easily made him one of the most renowned and influential figures of all time and he flies the Jamaican flag with pride whenever he is able to do so.

We produced the fastest man in the world but he is only one of many world dominating athletes from the land of wood and water.

Check out Jamaica’s medalists in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the table below:

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Athletics Women’s 100 m 4 August
 Gold Usain Bolt Athletics Men’s 100 m 5 August
 Gold Usain Bolt Athletics Men’s 200 m 9 August
 Gold Kemar Bailey-Cole*
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt**
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Athletics Men’s 4×100 m relay 11 August
 Silver Yohan Blake Athletics Men’s 100 m 5 August
 Silver Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Athletics Women’s 200 m 8 August
 Silver Yohan Blake Athletics Men’s 200 m 9 August
 Silver Schillonie Calvert*
Veronica Campbell-Brown**
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce**
Samantha Henry-Robinson*
Sherone Simpson
Kerron Stewart
Athletics Women’s 4×100 m relay 10 August
 Bronze Veronica Campbell-Brown Athletics Women’s 100 m 4 August
 Bronze Hansle Parchment Athletics Men’s 110 m hurdles 8 August
 Bronze Warren Weir Athletics Men’s 200 m 9 August
 Bronze Christine Day
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams-Mills
Athletics Women’s 4×400 m relay

 

Jamaican Music & Dance 

In every corner of the world you can find someone who is familiar with Jamaican music and the legendary reggae singer Bob Marley.

Jamaican (Reggae and Dancehall) music is immensely popular in many European and Asian countries where it attracts huge crowds at various concerts staged throughout those regions each year.

Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall artistes make frequent tours of countries around the world and many any musicians continue to adopt  reggae music as their own and add their own styles.

It is also no secret that Jamaicans can dance pretty darn well. I can’t count the number of persons I  have spoken with over the years from various countries who have expressed a strong desire to learn Jamaican dance moves.

  

Our dance moves are frequently copied or  slightly modified by persons outside of Jamaica though we are rarely given credit . 🙁


(Demarco – No Dirt – choreographed by A NI Mal)

 Jamaican Food

Jerk chicken Jamaican styleJamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the Spanish, British, Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island.It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical Southeast Asia. Jamaican cuisine includes various dishes from the different cultures brought to the island with the arrival of people from elsewhere.

Apart from our pristine beaches, warm spirited people, and amazing weather,  many individuals from around the world seem to have an insatiable appetite for our cuisine.

We have some of the most scrumptious dishes in the world. In fact, our national dish was deemed so scrumptious that is was ranked number two among the world’s best national dishes by the National Geographic.

Some popular dishes you will see prepared in Jamaica and many parts of the world include:

Jerk Chicken, Ackee and saltfish, Brown stew chicken, Corned Beef and cabbage Curry goat/mutton, Escoveitch fish and many others.

These are some of the things that contribute to Jamaica’s influence globally. Please feel free to share others in the comments.

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Leon Wellington
7 years ago

Thanks for sharing. This is an excellent article on our culture and how it affects the world. So true!!

Evon Bennett
7 years ago

This is a very interesting observation and i wish all Jamaicans could be exposed to this reality,we are not only internationally known for our food people and music but also the negative impact we are making on others who have little understanding of our deep royal African heritage that plays and important role in impacting the life of others who wish they were Jamaicans, The country where i live i have seen the negative impact on the young peoples lives that lead to violence and brutality acting as Jamaicans, also the life we live abroad ,Jamaicans fighting against Jamaicans in… Read more »

Andrew Mcleod
7 years ago

Wi likkle but wi TALLAWAH ! 🙂

Dwight Thompson
7 years ago

Nice piece Jedi, always good to read about the positive things of JA

Dwight Thompson
7 years ago

And who knew about that Nat Geo ranking!

Nichole Harrison
7 years ago

Well put together

Frederick McKenzie
7 years ago

My assessment of Jamaica’s world influence in addition to the above stated – music, patois and cuisine. I would like to put forward the hypothesis that it has to do with it’s position in the World as an English speaking country. The countries that have most impact on the language are (1) United Kingdom (2) United States. Number one a former world power and number two the current world power. After these two the ranking is very fluid – Jamaica, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is why Jamaica’s influence is felt everywhere. Of Jamaica, Canada, Australia and New Zealand… Read more »

Rey Muñoz
7 years ago

I don’t know about the dancing still. Mi feel seh it fi dash weh. Bob is the reason why Jamaica is so popular. Ganja is another. Legalize it!

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Sheerene Graham-welch
6 years ago

Well written, well received! And there is so much more to be said about our country. I’m curious though which country’s national dish is number? I call for a re-count because nothing nuh nice like: the Ackee and salt fish

Shawna Lightbody
6 years ago

Yes out of many we are one! Unique

Christopher Walters
6 years ago

Big up all Jamaicans yawd and abroad.

Dave Clarke
6 years ago

I am so very prejudiced. I love Jamaica more than I can say but I have tried in my many videos. Great accomplishments of the many fantastically talented Jamaicans notwithstanding, the little positive things that each Jamaican do to foster our place in the world is important. Every time I come to Jamaica, I pick up coins off the street. I bring them back here to Virginia Beach, wash them and sterilize them and then I give them away as token gifts to my golf buddies (as ball markers) , people I meet and just as curios… The simple act… Read more »

Dave Clarke
6 years ago

I am so very prejudiced. I love Jamaica more than I can say but I have tried in my many videos. Great accomplishments of the many fantastically talented Jamaicans notwithstanding, the little positive things that each Jamaican do to foster our place in the world is important. Every time I come to Jamaica, I pick up coins off the street. I bring them back here to Virginia Beach, wash them and sterilize them and then I give them away as token gifts to my golf buddies (as ball markers) , people I meet and just as curios… The simple act… Read more »

Alwin Beckford
6 years ago

too short!!!…where’s the rest?

Carlos Malcolm
6 years ago

Creative confidence!

Carlos Malcolm
6 years ago

Creative confidence!

Almon Simpson
6 years ago

All that is well said and highly received,
but mi will kill fi di fruits and roots herbs and spices.

Blanca Joseph
6 years ago

I enjoyed reading this well written article. Thanks

Don Nancoo
6 years ago

Jamaica is the most known little island in the world…ever single country in three world knows Jamaica…big up

Ennever Reid
6 years ago

I love. This so much it brough tears to my eyes.

Nigel Smith
6 years ago

If Jamaica could kick ass in tech too would be great!

Helen Thompson
6 years ago

If all Jamaican expats were to return home, Jamaica would easily be one of the richest and smartest country in the world. We just need to control ourselves

Lana Brown Berridge
6 years ago

I enjoyed the article. I’m Jamaican, Americans and others ask me if I can speak Patwa, and are surprised when I say, yes. Some Jamaicans, especially the old people don’t like Patwa – the stigma! It’s just code-switching! Nobody speaks the same all the time!

Lana Brown Berridge
6 years ago

Sherrene, have you ever had ackee and salt fish pizza!

Akiwali Walters
6 years ago

Give thank for that level of researcher so informative as a few brothers & sisters rightfully put it there is so much more positive of JAMAICA influence on the world stage
which is easily suppress the negative / JAMAICAN need to value the power of there influence thought a positive light and used it to clean out the NEGATIVE that sometime get so much NOTICE ,,,,,,

Bethany Sherlock
6 years ago

No other

Cindy Wyles
6 years ago

Thank u im proud to be jamaican

Alford N Vassall Jr
6 years ago

Interestingly enough the language also is based in Irish English as evidenced by words such as “Kyar” the very same way the Irish say car, which I did not know until I met Irish in Canada. Further research will show you that the British while they had no monarchy, sent Africans and Irish in chains to the New World as indentured servants. No one at that time went because they were recruited. It is these original Irish who ended up on estates in Jamaica, Barbados and Virginia to work on these estates owed by the landed aristocracy. It is from… Read more »

Racquel Scoobydeeva
6 years ago

My beautiful island

Jackie Swaby
6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this…and if you talked about our educational achievements and how we are sprinkled around the globe affecting change or contributing to other world cultures that could turn into a book. Thanks again. I just wish our infrastructure could support the many people who have take their knowledge to another shore because of lack of job opportunities.

Sheerene Graham
6 years ago

Well written, well received! And there is so much more to be said about our country. I’m curious though which country’s national dish is number? I call for a re-count because nothing nuh nice like: the Ackee and salt fish

Dave Clarke
6 years ago

I am so very prejudiced. I love Jamaica more than I can say but I have tried in my many videos. Great accomplishments of the many fantastically talented Jamaicans notwithstanding, the little positive things that each Jamaican do to foster our place in the world is important. Every time I come to Jamaica, I pick up coins off the street. I bring them back here to Virginia Beach, wash them and sterilize them and then I give them away as token gifts to my golf buddies (as ball markers) , people I meet and just as curios… The simple act… Read more »

Dave Clarke
6 years ago

I am so very prejudiced. I love Jamaica more than I can say but I have tried in my many videos. Great accomplishments of the many fantastically talented Jamaicans notwithstanding, the little positive things that each Jamaican do to foster our place in the world is important. Every time I come to Jamaica, I pick up coins off the street. I bring them back here to Virginia Beach, wash them and sterilize them and then I give them away as token gifts to my golf buddies (as ball markers) , people I meet and just as curios… The simple act… Read more »

Alwin Beckford
6 years ago

too short!!!…where’s the rest?

Christopher Walters
6 years ago

Big up all Jamaicans yawd and abroad.

Shawna Lightbody
6 years ago

Yes out of many we are one! Unique

Evon Bennett
6 years ago

This is a very interesting observation and i wish all Jamaicans could be exposed to this reality,we are not only internationally known for our food people and music but also the negative impact we are making on others who have little understanding of our deep royal African heritage that plays and important role in impacting the life of others who wish they were Jamaicans, The country where i live i have seen the negative impact on the young peoples lives that lead to violence and brutality acting as Jamaicans, also the life we live abroad ,Jamaicans fighting against Jamaicans in… Read more »

Leon Wellington
6 years ago

Thanks for sharing. This is an excellent article on our culture and how it affects the world. So true!!

Shauna Whittingham
6 years ago

Great article, it’s just missing this link for the best Jamaican Pepper Shrimp by The Chic Life http://youtu.be/xTgxwTYDVgo

Dwight Thompson
6 years ago

Nice piece Jedi, always good to read about the positive things of JA

Dwight Thompson
6 years ago

And who knew about that Nat Geo ranking!

Frederick McKenzie
6 years ago

My assessment of Jamaica’s world influence in addition to the above stated – music, patois and cuisine. I would like to put forward the hypothesis that it has to do with it’s position in the World as an English speaking country. The countries that have most impact on the language are (1) United Kingdom (2) United States. Number one a former world power and number two the current world power. After these two the ranking is very fluid – Jamaica, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is why Jamaica’s influence is felt everywhere. Of Jamaica, Canada, Australia and New Zealand… Read more »

Nichole Harrison
6 years ago

Well put together

Rey Muñoz
6 years ago

I don’t know about the dancing still. Mi feel seh it fi dash weh. Bob is the reason why Jamaica is so popular. Ganja is another. Legalize it!

Yvette Bogle-Charlton
6 years ago

Learn more about Jamaica.

Yvette Bogle-Charlton
6 years ago

Learn more about Jamaica.

Anthony Coote
6 years ago

Now we need to add some scientific discoveries, great business magnates, philanthropist, Nobel laureates