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JAMAICA is an island state in the Caribbean Sea about 150-kilo­meters or 93 miles south of Cuba. The center of the island comprises a limestone plateau, and this surrounded by narrow coastal flatlands and palm-fringed beaches. The highest mountains, the Blue Mountains, are in the east of the island.

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The climate is tropical, with high temperatures at the coast and slightly cooler and less humid conditions in the highlands. Jamaica suffers from severe earthquakes, and thermal springs found in areas of the country. The island also lies in the middle of the hur­ricane zone.

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The traditional crops grown are sugar cane, bananas, peppers, ginger, cocoa beans, and coffee, while new crops, such as winter vegetables, fruit, and honey, are being developed for export. There is also an illegal trade in cannabis.

The mining of bauxite and alumina plays a very important part in Jamaica’s economy and accounts for around 60 percent of its total yearly exports.

The industrialization has been encouraged, and cloth­ing, footwear, cement, and agricultural machinery now produced. Tourism is a particularly important industry with over one million visitors annually.

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