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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy and part of the Commonwealth realm.



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Town and Country Planning (Negril and Green Island Area) Provisional Development Order, 2013 (No. 56F of 2013).

March, 2013

This Order, made under section 5 of the Town and Country Planning Act, provides for a wide variety of matters regarding the administration and development of the Negril and Green Island Development Area. Matters regulated by this Order include planning permission for development, control on subdivision of land, consultation with national authorities by the local planning authority before granting planning permission, appeals. The local planning authority may be grant permission subject to conditions as may be imposed by the Minister. The Second Schedule sets out Use Classes.

Land Development Duty Act.

June, 1958

This Act imposes levies, duties and charges on land in relation with the development of or transactions in land in a Special Development Area, i.e. an area declared as such by the Minister pursuant to this Act. The Act also concerns the valuation of land for tax purposes, appeals against decisions of the Commissioner of Taxpayer Audit and Assessment with the Revenue Court and legal proceedings in respect of land for which no tax was paid.

Implemented by: Land Development Duty Regulations. (1976)