Facts about Providenciales
Grand Turk is the political capital of the islands and is noted for Columbus landing there in 1492 during his first quest for the New World.
Providenciales (Provo) is the most well known of the islands and features first-class accommodations along 12 miles of powdery white beach. The other islands include Salt Cay, North, Middle and South Caicos, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay.
History and Culture
The islands were originally inhabited by Indian tribes, the Taínos and the Lucayans.
Legends differ regarding European discovery of the islands Columbus is reputed to have discovered the tranquil treasure in 1492, while other stories credit Ponce de Leon with the find.
During the 17th century, the island relied upon agricultural exports from the rich cotton and sisal plantations (sisal yields a plant fiber used in making rope). After the hurricane of 1813, the island turned to solar salt a popular type of sea salt produced through solar evaporation. Today, tourism as well as lobster and conch exports chiefly fuels the islands economy.
The Turks & Caicos endured several peaceful shifts in power throughout the 1700s and 1800s. During the 1970s, the islands became a British Crown Colony.
History buffs can learn more about the islands rich culture by checking out a variety of local attractions:
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