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Jamaica, Arawak woman making Cassava, 1d 1921 used very fine


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The original inhabitants of Jamaica are believed to be the Arawaks, also called Tainos. They came from South America 2,500 years ago and named the island Xaymaca, which meant ""land of wood and water”. The Arawaks were a mild and simple people by nature. Physically, they were light brown in colour, short and well-shaped with coarse, black hair. Their faces were broad and their noses flat.
Jamaican cassava known in Jamaica as bammy is also called, Yuca, Tapioca and Manioc. The first known inhabitants of Jamaica, the Caribbean Arawaks used Jamaican cassava as a staple part of their diet. Jamaican cassava originated in Brazil and Paraguay.. Jamaican cassava grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.