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Cayman Islands

Country Overview:
The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies, but when the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.

Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica

Geographic coordinates:
19 30 N, 80 30 W

Total: 262 sq km, land: 262 sq km, water: 0 sq km

Area – Comparative:
1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

160 km

Tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)

Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

Elevation extremes:
Lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest Point:
Highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m

Natural Resources:
Fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism


Noun: Caymanian(s)

Adjective: Caymanian

Ethnic groups:
Mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%

Church of God 26%, United Church 11.8% (Presbyterian and Congregational), Roman Catholic 11%, Baptist 8.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.2%, Anglican 5.7%, Pentacostal 5.3%, other Christian 2.7%, non-denominational 5.8%, other 3.8%, none 9.8%, unspecified 1.1% (1999 census)

English 95%, Spanish 3.2%, other 1.8% (1999 census)

Country Name:
Cayman Islands

Government Type:
British crown colony

Capital Name:
George Town (on Grand Cayman)

None (overseas territory of the UK)

National Holiday:
Constitution Day, first Monday in July

1959; revised 1962, 1972, and 1994

Legal System:
British common law and local statutes

Executive Branch:
Chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Stuart JACK (since 23 November 2005)

Head of Government:
Leader of Government Business Kurt TIBBETTS (since 18 May 2005)

Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly)

The monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition is appointed by the governor Leader of Government Business

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