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Cayman Islands History and Culture

Cayman Islands were discovered by Columbus. Before he found Cayman Islands, he discovered Little Cayman and Cayman Brac during his fourth and last voyage to the New World, on May 10, 1503.
While sailing from Panama to Hispaniola, he saw two very small islands, full of tortoise, they looked as much as little rocks. Consequently, Columbus named the islands, Las Tortugas after the abundant sea turtles sighted.
The islands were later named Lagartos, meaning alligator or large lizard and finally, the name Caymanas was applied around 1540, derived from the Carib word for marine crocodile. This name in a modified form remained since the late 16th century.

Grand Cayman has been heavily influenced by American mores, especially in George Town and the resorts along Seven Mile Beach.
In the smaller villages and on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, the culture is more traditionally West Indian, although the British influence is close to the surface.
West Indian traditions are noticeable in the soca, calypso and reggae, you'll hear emanating from locals' jeeps, clubs and bars.


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