The island’s original indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named it Xaymaca, meaning the “Land of Wood and Water”. Claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus, the island held out against many pirate raids on the city now known as Spanish Town. Eventually England claimed the island in a naval raid and local buccaneers kept other colonial powers from attacking the island in return for sanctuary.
Average temperatures in Jamaica range between 27 and 32ºC, with July and August being the hottest months and February the coolest.
The Jamaican rains fall in May and June and again in October and November. For the most part, when it does rain in Jamaica, shows are short and heavy, and always followed by sunshine… and another glass of rum.
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