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Jamaica Achieves Independence

After nearly a century of partial local representative government as a British Crown Colony, Jamaica achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on February 9, 1962, under the leadership of  Sir Alexander Bustamante. Bustamante, nationalist labor leader of the Jamaica Labor Party, became the first prime minister of the new nation.