Emblems and Things of Jamaica


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  1. National Flag
  2. National Arms and Motto
  3. National Flower: Lignum Vitae " Wood of Life"
  4. National Tree: Blue Mahoe
  5. National Fruit: Ackee
  6. National Bird: The Dr Bird or Swallow-tail Humming Bird
  7. National Dish: Salt Fish and Ackee
  8. National Costume for Women
  9. National Beer: Red Stripe
  10. National Anthem: Jamaica, the Land We Love

    Eternal Father bless our land,
    Guard us with Thy mighty hand;
    Keep us free from evil pow'rs,
    Be our light through countless hours.
    To our leaders, Great Defender,
    Grant true wisdom from above,
    Justice, Truth be ours forever,
    Jamaica, land we love,
    Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love.

    Teach us true respect for all,
    Stir response to duty's call;
    Strengthen us the weak to cherish,
    Give us vision lest we perish,
    Knowledge send us, heavenly Father,
    Grant true wisdom from above.
    Justice, Truth be ours forever,
    Jamaica, land we love,
    Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love.

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Things of Jamaica

  1. Jamaican Woods

    1. Fustic 2. Mahoe 3. Mahogany 4. Jamaica Oak

    5. Satinwood 6. Cedar 7. Bitterwood 8. Silky Oak

    I was lucky to find a number of pages on the Web from the University of the West Indies, Mona Chemistry department about History and chemistry of several products.

  2. All you want to know about Jamaican Coffee

  3. Then there is Cocoa

  4. More about History and Chemistry of Ackee

  5. What about Spices and Flavourings? Pimento (All Spice) or Nutmeg or Ginger or Vanilla

  6. Pictures of Fruits and Vegetables including Avocado, chocho, banana, coconut, guava, mango, naseberry, otaheite apple, paw paw (papaya), starapple, soursop, (real) yam from the University of the West Indies, Mona collection.

  7. The Chemistry and Processing of Jamaican Bauxite into Aluminium

  8. Extraction of Jamaican Plants including Ganja

  9. Processing of Jamaican Sugar

  10. Butterflies and Lepidopterists

    There are over 133 species and subspecies of butterflies in Jamaica, 31 of which are endemic. The most famous is thePapilio homerus, the biggest swallow-tail butterfly in the world.
    The butterfly is found at the lower elevations of the Blue Mountains especially in St Thomas and Portland, in the Cockpit country of Trelawny and St Elizabeth. It was first noted in Jamaica in 1793. You can read more about "Papilio Homerus",in an article by D.J.R. Walker, in Natural History Notes of the Natural History Society of Jamaica, nos 22,23 (combined), p.164.
    Another species which is also found in Jamaica is Graphium marcellinus
    Also known as the Jamaican Kite Swallowtail, this butterfly was first observed by lepidopterists in 1725 but only catalogued in 1845. The species has been observed most often in St Andrew, but it appears sporadically within weeks.

    Source: Brown FM, Heineman B. Jamaica and its Butterflies. London: E W. Classey Ltd. 1972. 478 pp ISBN 0 900848 448

    There have been some native born Lepidopterists and two have had butterflies named for them.
    The first is E Stuart Panton for whom the butterfly Atlantea pantoni was named. He was born in Jamaica in 1866 and lived until his death in 1962 at "Hopeton" near Mandeville. He was educated in England and raised livestock on his property. He had a wide interest in natural history and was a member of the staff of the Institute of Jamaica.
    The second is Miss Lily Perkins who discovered two butterflies new to science. Miss Perkins lived at Lumsden, St Ann but it was during the time her father was working in Trelawny and rented Baron Hill house near Jackson Town when she discovered Leptotes perkinsae also known as Miss Perkin's Blue. This butterfly was first identified in 1931 and is partial to the flowers of the Bull Hoof (Bauhinia divaricata). It is found all over Jamaica.
    At Lumsden she collected a new species called Phocides lincea perkinsi also named Miss Perkin's Skipper. It is found in St James, Trelawny and St Ann.

    On a personal note, Miss Perkins used to teach my sister art in 1951 at St Hilda's High School driving in to Brown's Town from the Bamboo area. Her art was on exhibit in the Institute of Jamaica the same year as my grandfather H.Q. Levy's She died after 1971.

  11. Orchids.

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  12. Currency.

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  13. Stamps.

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