Cayman Islands History Guide

The Cayman Islands, a territory outside which is under British rule, has a rich and interesting history that dates back to early 1500. While many travelers choose vacation destinations based on opportunities attractions, restaurants and shops, history chandeliers often choose to visit places that have an interesting past and exciting to explore. The islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman has many interesting museums and historic sites available to satisfy the curiosity of locals and tourists. Here is a brief guide to the history of the Cayman Islands, as well as some great monuments to visit.


In 1503, Christopher Columbus discovered the Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Columbus called both "Las Tortugas" after the numerous islands turtles on the beach and the sea. The name of the islands became "Caymanas" in 1530, which was derived from an Indian word meaning Caribbean "saltwater crocodile". A group of ships commanded by Sir Francis Drake stopped in Grand Cayman in 1586, before being inhabited, and, in 1670, Spain recognized the sovereignty of England in the Cayman Islands.


In 1700, people had begun to settle in Grand Cayman. Between 1734 and 1742, the governor of Jamaica provided the island with five land concessions; At that time, the Cayman population was about 100 to 150 people. In the first half of 1800, people began to adopt laws, slaves were free islands, missionaries visited and first schools were established. In the second half, the Cayman Islands became a dependency of Jamaica, and the first commissioner of the islands was appointed.


In 1900, public schools have been established in Cayman Islands were visited by their first cruise ship. Women gained the right to vote, and, since 1959, the Cayman Islands are no longer dependent of Jamaica. The new Constitution of the Cayman was introduced in 1972.

istoric attractions

If history is what attracted you in Cayman travel, spend an afternoon at Pedro St. James Historic Site. This pageant is a recognized national monument and the oldest building in the Cayman Islands. Cayman is also home to a number of museums such as the National Museum, which documents the history of both cultural and natural, and Mission House, which displays artifacts the lives of early settlers.

If you plan a trip to the Caribbean Islands, the Cayman guide is the first step to understand its history.

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