Jamaica is occupied by the Spaniards and most of the indigenous Arawak community dies due to exposure to European diseases.
First recorded contact with the West occurs when a Portuguese ship blown off its course lands in Japan.
The British capture Jamaica, and African slaves are brought there to work on sugar plantations.
Slavery is abolished by the British parliament, effectively ending slavery in Jamaica.
Japan's isolation to the rest of the world ends with the Convention of Kanagawa. Over the next several decades, many reforms are taken that Westernize the country's governmental, legal, educational, and social systems.
Jamaica becomes a crown colony of Britain.
Jamaica becomes a member of the British-sponsored Federation of the West Indies.
Within the British Commonwealth, Jamaica becomes independent.
The government orders the army to patrol the streets of Kingston after recent surges of crime.
Premier Portia Simpson-Miller states that it is time for Jamaica to break away from the British monarchy and become a republic.