The Etymology of Jamaica and Jamaica Queens, United States of America

Jamaica is called as such because of the aboriginal Arawak people, sometimes referred to as the “Taino” peoeple, who named their island “Xaymaca” (pronounced “zay-mah-kah”) which means “land of wood and water” in the Arawak language. The “X” which denotes a “zay” sound was replaced with a hard “J” turning it into a “jay” sound. This was implemented by the Spanish after landing in Jamaica, in 1494. The Jamaica Queens area of Queens, United States of America is not named after Jamaica the country,...

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