Is Jamaica Part of the United States?


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Jamaica is not part of the United States. It is a constitutional monarchy whose chief of state is the British monarch and whose head of government is its prime minister.

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Is Jamaica Part of the United States?
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Jamaica gained formal independence from the British Empire in 1962 with the passage of the Jamaica Independence Act. This law ended Jamaica's status as a British colony, but it did not sever all connections to the British government. Though the country now operates independently, it is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, an organization consisting mainly of former British colonies. Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm, which is a member of the Commonwealth that chose to retain the British monarch as its chief of state.

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