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Capital: Cockburn Town
Population: 38,717 as of 2020
Currency: United States Dollar
Turks and Caicos was first inhabited by the Taino people, who also settled in most of the Caribbean. Though still debated, the islands are said to have been discovered by Juan Ponce de Léon in 1512, a Spanish conquistador. The Spanish then captured the inhabitants and enslaved them on Hispaniola, wiping out this native people.
During the 18th century, the island was popular among pirates, serving as a hideout for them for decades.
During the 1778 – 1783: several European countries fought for control over the area during the Anglo-French War, but by the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, the state was deemed a British colony.
During the American War of Independence, many loyalist fled to the area with their African slaves. They developed a cotton fields though they collapsed due to the rise of the salt industry. More slaves were transported from Africa to the Caribbean to carry the work.
In 1799, Turks and Caicos became a part of the Bahamas.
In the 19th century: slavery was abolished by Britain in its colonies and slave trade came to an end in Turks and Caicos.
In 1848, governance change once again came over the islands as they were made a separate colony under a council president and in 1873-4 the islands were made a part of Jamaica.
In the 20th century: late into the century, the salt industry collapsed, but in the 1950s the US built bases on the islands, bringing much needed economical relief. As Jamaica was gaining its independence, the islands were then declared British overseas territory under self-rule.
Mid-1980s, tourism made its way to the clear water and white sand beaches. The Providenciales International Airport was built, along with resorts like Third Turtle Inn, the Club Med Turkoise resort and feet were welcome on the famous Grace Bay Beach.
- Resort 1
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
- Resort 2
- Resort 3
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- Resort 4
Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove
- Resort 5
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
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There are three main ways to land in the twin islands, by plane, cruise or yacht.
By plane: the Providenciales International Airport receives all international flights into the country, while moving around the islands is provided by either Caicos Express Airways or interCaribbean which will take only 30 minutes to land you in Grand Turk.
By Yacht: once you get to the country, you must make your way to the port-of-entry, for Grand Turk it is the Government Freighter Dock. Getting a week’s entry should easily be provided by the harbourmaster but if you intend on a longer stay, then you can just apply for a Cruising Permit. Be sure to have accurate charts and a GPS to help you navigate the waters.
By Cruise: the cruise line will most probably handle all your immigration and customs matters, leaving you only to worry about what you are packing. You may not see everything on your own personal itinerary though as time constraints may shorten what is on the list.
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