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Cayman Islands
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Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the West Indies, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

Cayman Islands
(In Detail) (In Detail)
National motto:
He hath founded it upon the seas
Official languageEnglish
Political status Non-sovereign, Overseas territory of the U.K
Capital George Town
GovernorBruce Dinwiddy
Leader of Gov't BusinessMcKeeva Bush
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 221th
260 km²
 - Total (2002)
 - Density
Ranked 212th
Currency Cayman Dollar
Time zone UTC -5
National anthem God Save the Queen (unofficial anthem)
Internet TLD.ky
Calling Code1-345

First visited by Christopher Columbus on May 10, 1503 during his fourth and final voyage to the New World, the islands, along with nearby Jamaica, were ceded to Great Britain in 1670 under the Treaty of Madrid. They were governed as a single colony with Jamaica until 1963 when they became a separate British overseas territory and Jamaica became an independent commonwealth realm.

Map of the Cayman Islands

Caymanians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the West Indies. Most residents are Protestants of British or African descent and many are of mixed racial ethnicity. The islands' main industries are tourism and also offshore banking, thanks to the non-existence of direct taxes.

The Cayman Islands are completely self-governing and universal voting rights are granted to all citizens at the age of 18 years. A legislature is elected by the people every four years. The Governor of the islands serves as the British representative and is appointed by Queen Elizabeth II.

In fiction

Large parts of the novel The Firm by John Grisham takes place on the Cayman Islands. The main character works for a Memphis law firm that use island banks for money laundering.

See also

Originally from the CIA World Factbook 2000.

[ Edit {}] Countries in West Indies
Antigua and Barbuda | Bahamas | Barbados | Cuba | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Haiti | Jamaica | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago
Dependencies: Anguilla | Aruba | Bermuda | British Virgin Islands | Cayman Islands | Guadeloupe | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles | Puerto Rico | Turks and Caicos Islands | U.S. Virgin Islands