- The name Turks is derived after the indigenous Turk's Head "fez" cactus, and the name Caicos is a Lucayan term "caya hico," meaning string of islands.
- Columbus was said to have discovered these islands in 1492, but some still argue that Ponce de Leon arrived here first.
- Whoever first discovered the islands, in 1962, having been a Jamaican dependency for 75 years, the Turks and Caicos Islands became a separate British Colony a status that it retains to this day.
- The Turks and Caicos Islands have more former leaders (Chief Ministers) alive than any other Caribbean jurisdiction.
(Hon. Norman Saunders, Hon. Derek Taylor, Hon. Washington Misick, Hon. Oswald Skippings).
- TCI was Bermudian in 1766; Bahamian in 1799; under Jamaica in 1848; and in 1973 became a Crown Colony.
- In addition, there are numerous national parks, nature preserves, sanctuaries and historical sites.
Belonger Population: 34%
Expatriate Population: 66%
The Turks and Caicos Labour Force: 12,000
Labour Force Distribution :
- 15% Professional
- 12% Semi-Skilled
- 20% Skilled
- 53% Unskilled / Manual
Number of Tourists: 1,000,000 (2011 total)
Number of Condo/Hotel Rooms :
1,362 Luxury Condo Rooms
688 Hotel Rooms
2nd largest diaspora in Bahamas equal to total population
Physical Facts :
- 40 Islands
- 2.5 times the size of Washington DC
- 230 miles of Beaches Front
- Third largest coral reef system in the world