Quality collection features 368 stamps with 23 album pages. Many full pages with few gaps. Includes a near-complete War Tax stamp collection, highlighted by MR9a, the 1917 War Tax issue without a period in the overprint which has a current catalogue value of $45. Includes slightly more mint than postally used stamps.
Located about 480 miles south of Florida, Jamaica is the third-largest island in the West Indies, after Cuba and Hispaniola. The island's 4,243 square miles can be divided into three regions – the coastal plains, the central hills and plateau, and the eastern mountains. Jamaica╒s highest elevation is Blue Mountain Peak, at 7,402 feet.
The island's climate is very pleasant, with an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, and 80 degrees in the summer. In the highest elevations of the mountains, temperatures can drop to 40 degrees. Yearly rainfall on the coast totals about 30 inches, while in the mountains it can reach up to 200 inches.
More than 90 percent of Jamaica's population consists of descendants of African blacks, plus several small East Indian Chinese, and European minorities. The official language is English, but most people speak a dialect that is much different from the English spoken in England or the United States. Eighty percent of the people are Christians. Anglicans and Baptists are the largest religious groups. About 100,000 Jamaicans are followers of Ras Tafari.
Approximately 850,000 tourists visit Jamaica each year. Although tourism provides a significant amount of income for Jamaica, the country is not dependent on this industry. In recent years, Jamaica has developed a highly profitable mining industry. It is the world's leading producer of bauxite, a mineral essential to the production of aluminum. Jamaica also has plants for cement, chemicals, cigars, clothing, fertilizer, footwear, machinery, molasses, and petroleum products. About a fourth of the nation's citizens work in agriculture. Sugar is the most important crop. However, the island does not produce enough food, creating the need for importation.
Formerly a British colony, Jamaica is now an independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations, and is classified as a constitutional monarchy. The prime minister, who leads the majority party in parliament, is the nation's chief executive. Britain's monarch is represented in Jamaica by a governor-general; however, this person has very little power.