Grand Cayman – A Former Pirate Base, Now a Colorful Multicultural Environment
The Grand Cayman Island was discovered by Sir Francis Drake in 1586, but there is archeological proof that the island had been inhabited much earlier, too. It was named after the alligators found there, but it was the turtles inhabiting the waters around it that attracted the visitors.
The island was named a dependency of Jamaica in 1670 and was used as a pirate base in the 18th century, becoming an independent constituent of the British Crown in 1962. As one of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is today a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and a colorful melting pot for many different cultures and nationalities.