Which country’s motto is “Out of many, one people”?

And the answer: Jamaica.
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Jamaica’s national motto is "Out of many, one people," and is meant to be symbolic of the country’s rich multiracial and multicultural roots. Its first iteration was in Latin, but in 1962, the country adopted the English version as its official motto.

Although Jamaica is the third-largest country in the Caribbean, it is one of the most famous nations in the entire archipelago. Its capital, Kingston, is a longstanding port city that houses over a third of the entire population of Jamaica—yet it was once a place for survivors of the earthquake that destroyed Port Royal in 1692. Since then, Kingston has grown to become an economic, political, and cultural hub of Jamaican culture and custom.        

Just as the capital city has grown over the years, Jamaica itself has enjoyed an influx of wealth and an increase in stability since their independence from Britain in 1962. Each year, Jamaicans celebrate their heritage and identity on August 6: Jamaica Independence Day. On this day in 1962, the Jamaican flag was flown for the very first time, marking the country’s final separation from the British Empire. Nowadays, Jamaicans celebrate with a festival, parade, traditional music, the World Reggae Dance Final, and other events.

Reggae music, or “Ragged Music,” is another notable staple of this Caribbean island. The musical style was born in the 1950s and 60s by combining other styles such as mento, ska and rocksteady, and has since become heavily associated with Jamaican identity and culture. One of the most notable leaders in Reggae was Bob Marley, who performed with his group the Wailers throughout that time.

Jamaica is also an ecological hub for many different animal species. Over 250 species of bird call the island home, with 26 of those species being native only to the island. Aside from birds, though, an array of land crabs, frogs, fireflies, giant butterflies, crocodiles, snakes—including the Jamaican Boa—manatees, iguanas and turtles all depend on the island’s natural resources for survival.

Learn more about Jamaica’s history and culture here.


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