Turks and Caicos Islands


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Turks and Caicos Islands

(kī`kōs), dependency of Great Britain (2015 est. pop. 34,000), 166 sq mi (430 sq km), West Indies. There are more than 30 cays and islands, of which eight are inhabited. Geographically, the islands are a southeastern continuation of the BahamasBahamas, the
, officially Commonwealth of the Bahamas, independent nation (2015 est. pop. 387,000), 4,403 sq mi (11,404 sq km), in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of some 700 islands and islets and about 2,400 cays, beginning c.50 mi (80 km) off SE Florida and extending c.
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. The capital is at Cockburn TownCockburn Town,
town (1990 pop. 350), capital of the British dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands, located on Grand Turk Island, on the Turks Island Passage. The port town is the islands' administrative, commercial, and cultural center.
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 on Grand Turk. Lobster and conch are primary exports; the economic mainstays are tourism and offshore financial services. There is also an underground economy based on the transportation of illegal drugs. For nearly three centuries (until the 1960s), salt production was the islands' main industry. The population is largely of African descent; Protestantism is the main religion and English is spoken. The islands are governed under a constitution that came into effect in 2012; direct rule was imposed by Britain from 2009 to 2012 due to evidence of corruption, dishonesty, and administrative incompetence under the previous constitution. There is a unicameral 20-seat House of Assembly with 15 elected members (5 at large and 10 from constituencies), 4 appointed members, and the attorney general, all of whom serve four-year terms. The government is headed by a premier, and the monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by a governor, is the head of state. The islands were first visited by Europeans in 1512 when Ponce de LeónPonce de León, Juan
, c.1460–1521, Spanish explorer, first Westerner to reach Florida. He served against the Moors of Granada, and in 1493 he accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to America.
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 landed there; they were a dependency of Jamaica until that island's independence in 1962. The islands suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
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Large loads are split up into smaller loads before entering the southern Bahamas, sometimes bypassing the customs station in Great Inagua, which is strategically located between the Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.
The Turks and Caicos have a total of 37 protected areas, including National Parks, Nature Reserves, Sanctuaries, and Areas of Historic Interest (The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, 2013).
Residents in the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas and the tiny British Caribbean dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands hunkered down as Cristobal's rains pelted windowpanes.
He married Amanda in January 2012 in a simple private ceremony at the Amanyara luxury beach resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Apparently, my grandmother had heard something said about a runner from the Turks and Caicos Islands and thought the runner was from Turkey.
Orkin, a subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), has set up its 21st international franchise in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
"My fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, I address you today with a heavy heart as I have been left with no other choice than to seek political asylum in a third country other than my beloved Turks and Caicos Islands," read the release.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 08, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Historically known as "Grand Caicos," Middle Caicos is set to be the location of an idyllic and exclusive new property development.
Wired Island Ltd, a company based in the Turks And Caicos Islands which offers sales and marketing services for the tourism and hospitality industries, has announced a 2012 January sale via its marketing website for Turks And Caicos Islands, Turks and Caicos Reservations.
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