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Cayman Islands | History, Capital, Language, Flag, Facts & Geography of Cayman Islands

History of Cayman Islands:

The Cayman Islands were first discovered in 1503 by Christopher Columbus during his fourth voyage to the New World. Columbus named them Las Tortugas (Spanish for “tortoise”) because of the abundance of sea turtles on the island. However, Columbus never landed on the island and the only time anyone visited the island was when he was visited over 80 years later by Sir Francis Drake. He named them the Cayman Islands after the crocodiles or caimans he saw there. Despite this, the island remained uninhabited for several years. The first settlers there tended to come from a variety of places and backgrounds, including slaves, deserters, pirates, and refugees.

In 1670, England occupied the Cayman Islands. The first settlement was not established until his 1730s. The Cayman Islands are now a British territory. These serve not only as popular holiday destinations for tourists, but also as tax places for the wealthy.

Information about Cayman Islands:

Capital George Town (on Grand Cayman)
Population 69,390 (Source: 2023 worldometer)
Major Cities GEORGE TOWN (capital)
Borders south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) $5.936 billion (2022 Wikipedia)
Currency Caymanian dollar (KYD)

Flag of Cayman Islands:

Cayman Islands Economy Key Industries:

Cayman Islands Major Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture

Cayman Islands Agricultural Products: vegetables, fruit; livestock; turtle farming

Cayman Islands Natural Resources: fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

Cayman Islands Major Exports: turtle products, manufactured consumer goods

Cayman Islands Major Imports: foodstuffs, manufactured goods

The Geography of Cayman Islands:

Total Size of Cayman Islands: 264 km² (source: 2022 The world factbook)

Geographical Low Point of Cayman Islands: Caribbean Sea 0 m

Geographical High Point of Cayman Islands: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m

Climate of Cayman Islands: Tropical; marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)

General Terrain of Cayman Islands: low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

World Region or Continent of Cayman Islands:  Central America

Geographical Coordinates: 19 30 N, 80 30 W

The People of Cayman Islands & Culture

Cayman Islands Government Type: British crown colony

Cayman Islands Nationality: Caymanian(s)

Cayman Islands National Holiday: Constitution Day, first Monday in July

Cayman Islands Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

Cayman Islands National Symbol:

Cayman Islands National Anthem or Song: Beloved Isle Cayman

Cayman Islands Languages Spoken: English

Cayman Islands Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Interesting Facts about Cayman Islands:

The Cayman Islands are made up of three main islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is the most visited island, but Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also have plenty to explore. Jamaica, Florida and Cuba are all close to the Cayman Islands, making them central locations in the Mediterranean.

Only about 60,000 people live on Grand Cayman, most of whom are indigenous Caymanians. This means that you can immerse yourself in the local culture from day one when you visit.

Christopher Columbus named the Cayman Islands “Las Tortugas” because of the high density of sea turtles swimming in the nearby waters. he wasn’t wrong. Indeed, sea turtles are abundant naturally around the Cayman Islands, and current conservation efforts ensure that we will be able to see and appreciate them for generations to come.

In the Cayman Islands, scuba diving grew into the great hobby (and for some, a job) it is today. This wonderful water play was first introduced in his 1957. The Cayman Islands are now home to a number of diving sites, and both local and international divers can find great experiences here.

Seven Mile Beach is actually less than 11 miles long, about 5.5 miles. Even in winter, the water temperature around Seven Mile Beach is still a very comfortable 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but perfect for swimming and all types of diving.

Cayman Brac Island has the most spectacular terrain and is arguably even more beautiful than Grand Cayman Island. The Cayman Brac River is 19 miles long and just 2.1 miles wide. It features limestone cliffs with a summit elevation of 140 feet.

The Cayman Islands are actually a British Overseas Territory whose Head of State is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Cayman Islands are fairly open to foreign land ownership, and the Realtors Association ensures that all transfers (sales or otherwise) are handled according to strict international standards.

Pirate Week is celebrated annually from November 12th to 22nd. There are many fun events and activities, such as a simulated experience of an “invasion of sea pirates”. Exciting and always innovative, this event is a must-attend if you’re in the area through November.

Seafood is the most popular type of cuisine in the Cayman Islands due to its proximity to the sea. But don’t worry. The food here is best described as fusion and eclectic, and you’ll feel right at home the moment you order your first authentic meal.

If you drive, always stay on the left side of the road, as in the UK.

The total area of ​​the Cayman 3 Islands is about 160 miles, or roughly the size of Washington, D.C.