A Brief History of the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands pic

The Cayman Islands
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An entrepreneur in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons is the founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward. In this role, he leads a company that sells assets for individuals who are relocating or settling estates. In his free time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys traveling, especially to the Cayman Islands.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Christopher Columbus landed on the islands by accident on May 10, 1503, after a random wind took his ship off course on its route to Hispaniola, which today is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Shocked by the thousands of turtles on the two largest islands, he named the islands Las Tortugas. Prior to taking on the current name, the islands were renamed the Caimanas, which comes from the Carib Indian term for the marine crocodile once lived on the islands.

The Cayman Islands didn’t see settlers until the 17th Century, and the first permanent inhabitant in recorded history, Isaac Bodden, was born there around 1700. The islands would eventually receive a variety of settlers, including Spanish Inquisition refugees, shipwrecked sailors, pirates, and slaves. Today, most Caymanians have a mix of African and British ancestry, and the islands welcome visitors from around the world in search of beautiful beaches and diverse Caribbean wildlife.

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