This Oral Reading Exam should be done on a video presentation and emailed to your teacher at email@example.com. ORAL READING HISTORY OF JAMAICA The Taino people arrived from South America in the seventh century and called the island Xaymaca, "land of wood and water,"; because of the green dense forest and the hundreds of fast-flowing streams that once covered the landscape. Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit Jamaica in 1494 and called it "the fairest island that eyes have beheld." The Taino people were enslaved and by 1600 were wiped out by disease or harsh treatment. The Spanish brought in slaves from Africa and ruled the island until 1655 when the British seized it. African slaves worked on the sugar plantations and were treated very cruelly by the owners. By the late 1700s, Jamaica became one of the largest slave markets for the Western Hemisphere. There were many slave uprisings and slavery was finally abolished in Jamaica in 1838. The island became independent in 1962.
Lecture2.3 Oral Reading
- Lecture2.3 Oral Reading