1500-1600's: The Spanish were harassed by the native Caribs and by pirates and buccaneers who attacked the Spanish galleons which were carrying riches back to Spain. The pirates who operated in the Islands included Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Henry Morgan, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake
Jamaica is seized by the British.
Treaty of Madrid: Jamaica formally cedes to the British
The Jamaican capital Port Royal destroyed by an earthquake
Morant Bay rebellion: Freed slaves are quelled in their rebellion against the British
Banana plantations set up as the sugar cane industry declines
New constitution adopted
Serious riots and People's National Party (PNP) founded by Norman Manley.
August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Jamaica becomes a member of the Federation of the West Indies.
Jamaican withdrawal from the Federation of the West Indies.
Jamaican Independence: Jamaica becomes independent within the British Commonwealth
Michael Manley becomes prime minister for the PNP
Edward Seaga becomes prime minister and the US grants the government substantial aid as the country distances itself from Cuba
Michael Manley returns as prime minister.
Manley retires and is succeeded as Prime Minister by Percival J Patterson.
July: The army patrols Kingston following a massive increase in crime.
September: Hurricane Ivan
February: Portia Simpson Miller is elected head of PNP
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