Jamaica Flag T-Shirt - Either Jamaica is much smaller than I always imagined, or that's one enormous flag! The Jamaican flag was adopted in 1962 when Jamaica became independent from Britain, and is based on a design from a national competition. Originally the three colors appeared as horizontal bars, but it was seen as too similar to the flag of Tanganyika, and so the gold saltire (x) was substituted. The black represents the strength of the people, the gold represents the sun, and the green represents the lush vegetation of the island. You'll feel mellow in this Jamaican flag t-shirt.