An English colony from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century, the influence of the English can be seen everywhere in Jamaica. It has shaped all aspects of daily lives, from the sides of the road we drive on and the language we speak, to our government and judicial systems; the structure of our civil service, military, police and education systems; and of course, our love of cricket.
The English were the first to begin making rum from fermented sugar cane and Appleton Jamaica, dating back to 1749, is the second oldest rum producer in the world. Culinary influences, such as our traditional Easter bun Christmas puddings, hank back to the English as do our patties, a likely, a likely offshoot of the English pastry. Their influence on us as a tea drinking culture is also evident.
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