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Jamaica gains independence in 1962

"One of Canada's best friends comes of age," says CBC Newsmagazine host Norman Depoe in a profile of Jamaica on the brink of her August 6 emergence as a Commonwealth nation.  Reporter Kingsley Brown presents a film snapshot of Jamaica as it is in 1962.  In this CBC report, some of Jamaica's citizens describe it as a country of economic disparity, where the potential is considerable and the challenges just as great.
• Jamaica was seized from Spanish possession in 1655, and began the gradual move to independence in 1958, when it joined the Federation of the West Indies. It became fully independent on August 6, 1962.

• Norman Manley, seen in an interview in this clip, was Chief Minister of Jamaica from 1955 to 1962. He founded the People's National Party, and his son, Michael, became leader of the party in 1969 and prime minister of Jamaica from 1969 to 1972, and again from 1980 to 1989.

• As we hear in this clip, at the time of independence, Jamaica was a major trading partner with Canada. Bauxite was then and continues to be a major export for Jamaica. In 2012, the service industry is 65 percent of the GDP, with bauxite and alumina at 10 percent.  Also in 2012 the U.S. is its primary export partner, at 37 per cent, with Canada next at 18 per cent.
Medium: Television
Program: Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: August 5, 1962
Guest(s):Percival Broderick, Norman Manley, Robert Lightbourne
Host: Norman DePoe
Reporter: Kingsley Brown
Duration: 15:55

Last updated: August 16, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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