by Karla Powell
A person who writes or studies history.
Jamaica Reggae Music Vacation Response:
Thank you Karla for your question, and a resounding Yes to your statement. For we in this century to know our true Jamaican history, which is so diverse, interesting, full of tales of deceit, treachery, lies and betrayal, including the slavery trade; someone from that era had to have chronicled these events.
All these livelihoods left their mark on our country, and shape how we live today. During those earlier periods our forefathers passed on their experiences and knowledge in different formats.
The Dictionary describes a Historian as a student or writer of history. In this case the history of Jamaica's artifacts on how creative our heritage was and is. Further, a Historian is described as a writer or compiler of a chronicle.
To truly provide authentic and authoritative information you have to rely on the locally based researchers, writer, photographers and scholars to provide knowledge and discernment that only they can provide.
Historians provide reliable facts on the history of Jamaica.
They research our culture, read the writings of our black authors in literary history from Jamaican authors and especially from our first black author in literary history Claude McKay.
To show how important Jamaica's history was, in 1962 the year of our Independence, Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, then Jamaica's Ministry of Development, commissioned an anthology of Jamaican writing. These writers/authors literary work have won international prizes and are studied in American and European universities.
Here are some Jamaican facts that our Historians have provided:
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