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|Largest City||George Town|
|Other major settlements||West Bay, Bodden Town, North Side and East End.|
|Languages||97% Cayman Islands English and 3% British English.|
|Leader||Queen Elizabeth II.|
|Deputy Leader||Governor General Helen Kilpatrick.|
|Head of parliament||Prime minister Alden McLaughlin|
|Type of regime||British Overseas Territory.|
|Name of national legislature||Legislative Council.|
|Number of international airports||1.|
|Number of major ports||1.|
|State de facto formed||1850.|
|De facto Independence date||1985 (home rule, but not full independence).|
|Independence de jure reconised on||.1985|
|Currency||Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD), British Pound (GBP\£).|
|Motto||"He hath founded it upon the seas".|
|Imports:||Fule, boats, fuled machinery, manual machinery, road vehicles, electric data processing equipment, and bricks.|
|Exports:||coconuts, fish products, footwere, eye-glasses, tourism loactions, clothing and off-shore bank accounts.|
|Demonym||Cayman Islander, Caimian, Caymaner or Camanite.|
|Anthem||"God Save the Queen" and "Beloved Isle Cayman".|
|Ethnic groups||Blacks and Coloureds.|
|Calling code:||+1 345.|
|Number of military personnel:||200 UK garrison troops.|
|Drives on the:||Left.|
|GDP per capita (PPP):||$43,800.|
|% Interest rates:||2.6%.|
|% Inflation rates:||2.5%.|
|Life expectancy in years:||82.|
The Cayman Islands remained largely uninhabited until the 17th century. While there is no archaeological evidence for an indigenous people on the islands, a variety of settlers from various backgrounds made their home on the islands, including pirates, shipwrecked sailors, and deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army in Jamaica
The first recorded permanent inhabitant of the Cayman Islands, Isaac Bodden, was born on Grand Cayman around 1661. He was the grandson of the original settler named Bodden who was probably one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers at the taking of Jamaica in 1655.
England took formal control of the Cayman Islands, along with Jamaica, as a result of the Treaty of Madrid of 1670. Following several unsuccessful attempts at settlement, a permanent English-speaking population in the islands dates from the 1730s. With settlement, after the first royal land grant by the Governor of Jamaica in 1734, came the perceived need for slaves.
Many were brought to the islands from Africa; this is evident today with the majority of native Caymanians being of African and English descent. The results of the first census taken in the islands in 1802 showed the population on Grand Cayman to be 933 with 545 of those inhabitants being enslaved. Slavery was abolished in the Cayman Islands in 1833. At the time of abolition, there were over 950 Blacks of African ancestry enslaved by 116 white families of English ancestry.
The Anti-Serbia War (1914-1918)
Nothing notable happened. It stayed neutral like the UK did.
The inter-war years
The Great Depression (1929-1940)
There was a sharp decline in exports for about 2 years.
The Anti-Hitlerian War (1939-1946)
It joined the war in the UK did. A 200 strong British garrison was set up on the Island.
Nothing notable happened. It was, like the UK, a Western allie.The islands continued to be governed as part of the Colony of Jamaica until 1962, when they became a separate Crown colony while Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth realm.
A artificial 1.5km reef and 0.5km atoll was built nearby in 1998 as a new tourist attraction.
2 artificial 1.5km reefa and 0.5km atoll was built nearby in 2008 and 2009 as a new tourist attraction.
On 11 and 12 September 2004, Hurricane Ivan struck the Cayman Islands. The storm resulted in two deaths and caused great damage to the infrastructure on the islands. The total economic impact of the storms was estimated to be $3.4 billion.
A artificial 1.5km reef and 0.5km was built nearby in 2008 as a new tourist attraction. The economy is based on specialist on-line banking, off-shore banking, coconut growing, fishing, cobbling, making eye-glasses, tourism, clothing, textiles and small scale light industry.