Resolution J1129-2013

Commemorating the 51st Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 51st Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Jamaica

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate the 51st Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica; and
  WHEREAS, The celebration of Jamaican independence affirms the culture,
identity  and  self-esteem  of  a  people; it honors a rich heritage and
illuminates Jamaican history and tradition, as well as the spirit of  an
indomitable people; and
  WHEREAS, The people of this great State and nation and Jamaica enjoy a
deep  and  abiding  relationship rooted in kinship and culture, and many
New Yorkers proudly trace their own roots to Jamaica; and
  WHEREAS, In the ancient past,  Jamaica,  West  Indies,  was  known  as
"Xaymaca"  which  when literally translated means Land of Wood and Water
or the Land of Springs; and
  WHEREAS, Every year August 6th is celebrated as  Independence  Day  in
Jamaica; the country acquired its independence from the British colonial
powers on August 6, 1962, after years of political subjugation; initial-
ly  a  Spanish  territory, Jamaica was soon taken over by the British in
the 17th century; and
  WHEREAS, Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus  in  1494  and
proclaimed  as  a  territory of Spain; in the 17th century, Jamaica came
under the control of the British  following  an  expedition  by  General
Robert  Venables  and  Admiral  Sir William Penn; the Spanish were over-
thrown by a strong British force that established its control  over  the
island; and
  WHEREAS,  In a span of a couple of centuries, the conflict between the
colonizers and the colonized was extreme; Jamaica was made a Crown Colo-
ny on August 1, 1834, and it managed to  acquire  a  certain  degree  of
political autonomy in the 1940s; and
  WHEREAS, Jamaica attained its independence on August 6, 1962, and is a
member of the British Commonwealth; and
  WHEREAS,  The  51st  Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence provides an
opportunity to recognize the significance of their contributions to  the
quality  and  character of life, and, through events and activities, for
all people to gain a greater appreciation of Jamaican history and tradi-
tions, and of the role Jamaicans have played, and will continue to play,
in our society; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
recognize  such  events  of  significance  which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that  represents  and  strengthens  the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica.


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