A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Jamaica


Throughout the 19th century the United States maintained several consular posts throughout Colonial British Jamaica, the earliest at Montego Bay and Falmouth dating from 1861. These posts, which were placed to monitor American trade interests in the Caribbean, were all closed by September 1919.

Modern Flag of Jamaica


U.S. Recognition of Jamaican Independence, 1962.

Jamaica became independent on August 6, 1962, remaining a member of the British Commonwealth. The United States recognized Jamaica’s independence on August 16, 1962, with the establishment of the American Embassy at Kingston.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Jamaica, 1962.

Diplomatic relations and the American Embassy at Kingston were established on August 16, 1962, with Irving G. Cheslaw as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Jamaica
  • Department of State Country Information: Jamaica