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jamaican culture represents a combination of cultures that have inhabited the greater antilles island, jamaica. the original taino settlers, followed by their spanish conquerors (who were in turn were conquered by the british), all made major contributions. however, it is the blacks and slaves who became the dominant cultural force as they suffered and resisted the harsh conditions of forced labour. after the abolition of slavery, chinese and indian migrants were transported to the island as indentured workers, bringing with them ideas from the far east. the official local language is english, with a local dialect called patois (pronounced 'patwa') being spoken by some residents
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