Jamaican Immigration to the U.S
Since the 19th century Jamaica had had a poor land contribution track record. The lack of land left people who only know how to farm for a living jobless so a lot of those people moved to where there was more land. America. During the 1970’s the standard of living declined due to economic inflation and low salaries. There was also an increase in violence of aggravated and jobless Jamaicans so many people moved for their safety. Also the cost of goods stared to get extremely high and American has a better education system.When Jamaicans first moved to the U.S Majority of Jamaicans worked on construction and farming but some worked with health care and social assistance.
Rastafari is Jamaica’s most famous Afro-Caribbean religion.The movement of Rastafari has been spread through the U.S but mostly in Brooklyn, New York .Jamaicans celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday and Boxing Day. They also celebrate National Heroes Day. Some festivals are the Accompong Maroon festival and the Amateur Culinary Arts festivals. Which are all in New York City. The National Dance Theartre celebrates the unique traditions of Jamaica. They have traveled to the U.S, Britain, Canada, and other countries. Many Jamaicans had brought different foods to America such as Ackee, salt fish,curried goat and rice. Jamaican immigrants also brought attention to cricket, soccer, and horse racing.
Jamaica has a history of democratic traditions and freedom of expression. Jamaicas politics influences New york City, East Orange, and Miami. White-owned business and corporations hired only skilled and highly educated Jamaicans who they thougt would become successful.
Jamaican immigrants lead to many festivals celebrated every year in New York such as the Amateur culinary arts festival and the Accompong festival New York is also the home to many famous Jamaican restaurants and bakeries such as :
* Miss Lillys:
* Jamaican Dutchy