Found just south of Cuba as well as to the north west of Jamaica, the resorts grand cayman rank as being the 5th largest offshore banking centre in the World. Considering that the 1960s these islands have grown to one of the most popular scuba-diving destinations on earth. They boast spectacular underwater walls, caverns and reefs. Despite as a British Overseas Territory, the majority of the tourists are Americans. It is actually only around 90 minutes flying time from Florida. Using its short flying efforts and English as the official language, plus a low crime rate, it really is no surprise that 1000s of Americans have got a Cayman Islands holiday each and every year.
Once you have blown off course while sailing between Panama and Hispaniola (the region shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in 1503 Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered the smaller a pair of three of the island that now constitute the Cayman Islands. As there was really a high power of turtles on these islands, Columbus called them ‘Las Tortugas’, which happens to be Spanish for turtle. These islands have become generally known as Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
The name didn’t last as when Sir Francis Drake sailed through, he renamed them after another animal, the now extinct caimans (related to crocodiles). The Islands became a part of 15dexrpky British Empire in 1670 under the Treaty of Madrid. The Cayman Islands where then governed as a Jamaican dependency until 1962 when Jamaica became an independent country. The Cayman Islands chose to remain being a British Colony.
That old sea based industries including fishing and working about merchant ships have already been replaced by finance and tourism as being the major providers to the Cayman economy, generally locals and expats employed in one or the other.