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the Turks &Caicos Islands Photography of the Turks and Caicos Islands printed on canvas may be purchased in custom sizes grants in the Turks and Caicos. Cotton plantations were estab-lished and prospered for nearly 25 years, until the cotton bug (boll weevil), soil exhaustion, and a terrible hurricane in 1813 brought them to an end. A few Loyalists took their slaves to Grand Turk, where they entered the salt trade. The majority departed for Canada and other British territories, leaving their plantations to decay. Slavery was officially abolished in Britain from 1807, giving the Royal Navy the authority to suppress the illicit traffic. Hundreds of slaves were seized on the high seas and set free on the shores of The Bahamas. Thus, we have the origin of many of the ancestors of present day Turks and Caicos Islanders. Many others arrived to the shores of the Caicos Islands as a result of the wreck of the illegal slaveship Trouvadore in 1841. By an Act of Parliament in 1799, the Islands were formally federated with The Bahamas. In 1848 a separation from The Bahamas realised a need for a local government, or Presidency, for the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Islands were obliged to abandon their expensive administration by 1873 and become annexed to Jamaica. They remained so for the next 90 years. In 1976 the Islands were granted a new constitution and an elective form of government, with a governor appointed by the Queen to represent the British interest in the Islands. Each of our inhabited Islands have much to offer today’s visitors. See pages 153-158. Providenciales, 37.5 square miles, is the focal point of the Islands. It is now the most developed for tourism with world-class accommodations, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world stretching on for miles and an 18-hole championship golf course. For a further look into the history of the Turks & Caicos, see page 170. For those seeking information about taking up residence in the Turks & Caicos Islands, refer to our “Island Living” section on page 149. I Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at MAY/JUNE 2017 • • • • • 15

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