In this painting, I wanted to highlight one of the many ethnic groups that make up the Jamaican people. Koolie is a beautiful Jamaican lady of East Indian and African ancestry. The first documented arrival of Indian indentured immigrants to Jamaican was on May 10, 1845 to work on sugar plantations. Their purpose was to replace emancipated African slaves. Many other ethnic groups came to Jamaican for this purpose (Chinese, Portuguese, Lebanese, Syrian, etc.). All ethnic groups inter-marry so no one can claim to be from one ethnic group. The Jamaican motto is “Out of Many One People”. It’s good to be a Jamaican.