My home Jamaica, will always be dear to my heart. “My Jamaica is a beautiful island, she is the
pearl of the Caribbean Seas our people there are free ' excerpt from Land of My Birth Eric
Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean Island originally inhabited by the Arawak people . It was
discovered by Columbus on his second voyage, (May 5, 1494 )to the Americas. Jamaica was settled
by Spanish Colonists and later English Colonists.
English is the official language but, however Patois or creole is spoken fluently. This is a mix of
english and african words.
I was born in Kingston the capital of the island and my fondest memories growing up as a child
was summer holidays. This is the time I would get to spend the entire summer in the country at my
grandparents home with my cousins. My grandparents' house sits on 5 acres of land in the hills of
St. Andrews .You can see an over view of the city because of the high elevation. At nights the view is
of little wigwams with tiny light bulbs on the top of each other. The road to the house is winding and
carries very sharp corners and the country buses blew their horns in rhymitic sounds to which the
children would sing “a pretty gal we want , a pretty gal we want”.
The vegetation was always green and you could always smell the fresh air as it wift over your face.
We could not wait to get our hands on the mangoes, starapples, tambrind, june plum, coconut water
and most of all swimming daily in the cool, cool river water.
Grandma's kitchen was the hub and this was a big outside room. All the “sweet cooking “was done
there. The bread baked daily the sweet potato pudding baked on the wood fire was known as “fire a
top, fire a bottom and hallelujah in the middle. This is the best pudding ever!
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