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Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 240 kilometers (150 mi) in length and as much as 85 kilometers (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is 635 kilometers (391 mi) east of the Central American mainland, 150 kilometers (93 mi) south of Cuba, and 180 kilometers (112 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning either the "Land of Springs," or the "Land of Wood and Water." Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, then the British West Indies Crown colony of Jamaica. It is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.

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Bruce Golding
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8th Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office

11 September 2007 – 23 October 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Kenneth Hall

Patrick Allen
Deputy Kenneth Baugh
Preceded by Portia Simpson-Miller
Succeeded by Andrew Holness
Leader of the Labour Party
In office

24 January 2005 – 20 November 2011
Preceded by Edward Seaga
Succeeded by Andrew Holness
Leader of the Opposition
In office

24 January 2005 – 11 September 2007
Prime Minister Percival Patterson

Portia Simpson-Miller
Preceded by Edward Seaga
Succeeded by Portia Simpson-Miller
Member of Parliament

for Kingston West
In office

24 January 2005 – 29 December 2011
Preceded by Edward Seaga
Succeeded by Desmond McKenzie
Personal details
Born (1947-12-05) 5 December 1947 (age 71)

Chapelton, Jamaica
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Lorna Golding
Alma mater University of the West Indies (B.A)

Orette Bruce Golding (born 5 December 1947) is a former Jamaican politician who served as eighth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 11 September 2007 to 23 October 2011. He is a member of the Jamaica Labour Party which he led from 2005 to his resignation in 2011.


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Credit: Artist unknown.

Portrait of Francis Williams, a Jamaican writer and teacher. Painted around 1740.

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