No, it was her own decision.
Now that that bad joke is out of the way, let's discuss the country. It was discovered (or
discovered) by Christopher Columbus on his second trip to the West indies in 1493. It was
wrested from the Spaniards by the British in 1655 during Oliver Cromwell's administration, and
was a British colony until its independence in 1962.
It was one of the world's leading producers of sugar during the days of slavery, in its first 200
years of British rule; between 1820 and 1824, it produced up to 77,000 tons of sugar annually for
Gave the world reggae, ska, mento, Bob Marley
, Grace Jones, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anthony
, Oliver Samuels
, Usain Bolt, the Twin Of Twins
, Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Keith
Arthurton (these three being members or past members of the West Indies cricket team), the
Reggae Boyz football/soccer team, Rastafari, the "jerk" cooking style, Blue Mountain Coffee, its
trademark beef patties, Red Stripe beer, bulla cakes, bammies, and its immediately recognizable
Famous for its national fruit, ackee (although the fruit is actually originally native to West
), and for the national dish of ackee and saltfish, the latter item being salted codfish.
(Recipes for the dish can be found here
Its national tree is the Blue Mahoe (used widely in cabinet-making, furniture-building and wood
carvings); its national flower is the Lignum Vitae (used to treat coughs and arthritis, and also
brewed into a kind of tea, and its wood is used to make a variety of items); and its national bird is
Red-Billed Streamertail hummingbird (nicknamed the "Doctor Bird" and featured in the
For Your Eyes Only
Also famous (or infamous) for being the site of the piracy capitol of the 17th century, Port Royal