What Are Some Interesting Facts About Jamaica?

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Some facts about Jamaica include that the mongoose was imported to the island in 1872 to rid cane fields of rats but they also ended up killing off most of the snake population. Voodoo was introduced there by African slaves but the practice is punishable by death, as of 2015.

Original inhabitants to Jamaica grew corn and yams. As of 2015, the three main crops are sugar cane, bananas and mangoes. None of these crops is native to the island. Also, the national drink of Jamaica is rum. A local mixed drink is rum with coconut water. The national meal of Jamaica is Ackee and Saltfish and is usually served at breakfast.

Ian Fleming, creator of the "James Bond" series, built his dream home in Jamaica and named it Goldeneye. He has penned 10 Bond thrillers there. It is an appropriate place for a famous European to live considering the island is still under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II but only as a British Commonwealth country. Another famous movie, "Cool Runnings," was based on the first Jamaican bob sled team to compete in the Winter Olympics in 1988.

Jamaica was the first Western country to build a railroad. Also, its telephone system was so well developed that AT&T copied its design in America. It was the first nation to launch its own website in 1994.