The Impact of European Colonialism in Turks and Caicos

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Turks and Caicos was first inhabited around 700 AD by people called Amerindians. Amerindians came from Hispaniola (Haiti and The Dominican Republic). Approximately 300 years after it was thought that the inhabitants created their own culture. Explores foun that this was true by looking at their own unique pottery making/building styles. The islands of Turks and Caicos were governed by the British indirectly through Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Jamaica, this made the Turks and Caicos Islands part of Bahamas/Bahamian Archipelago. The people who inhabit the Bahamian islands/ Bahamian archipelago are known a Lucayans. (Wikipedia) In 1512 Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León was the first European to sight the islands of Turks and Caicos. However, many historians believe that Guanahani, the native name of the island Christopher Columbus called San Salvador on his 1492 voyage around the world. In the 1600’s Spanish slavers would frequently raid the Turks and Caicos islands, enslaving the Lucayans that lived there, this depopulated the entire Bahamian archipelago. (Wikipedia) Bermuda and Bahamas spent most of the 18th century in a legal conflict because of the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to British law no colonies could have colonies of its own, Turks and Caicos was not recognized by Britain as a part of Bermuda or a colony of its own right. The island is seen to be like the rivers in Britain, for the common public use. As a result, this created a lot of political uproar regarding the ownership of the Turks and Caicos Islands. (Wikipedia) Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries Turks and Caicos had Spanish, French and British control, but none of these rulers ever created any settlements. Pirates hid in the cays of th... ... middle of paper ... ... were unfit to rule. Under the careful guidance of the advisory council, a new chief minister for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the elections were held in 1988, with the PDM winning by a landslide, Washington Misick became the new chief minister. Another set of elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands were held on 24 April 2003 and again on 9 February 2007 with the PNP, a man named Michael Misick won them both. (Geographia) (Software) (Wikipedia) Bibliography • Geographia. Turks and Caicos- History. 3 May 2011 . • Software, Sheppard. Turks and Caicos. 26 April 2011 . • Wikipedia. History of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 4 April 2011. 25 April 2011 .

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