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Cayman Islands Cities by Population

5 cities shown of 5 total Cayman Islands cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. George Town 29,370
2. West Bay 10,768
3. Bodden Town 6,514
4. East End 1,639
5. North Side 1,184

Cayman Islands History

The first recorded permanent inhabitant of the Cayman Islands, Isaac Bodden, was born on Grand Cayman around 1661. He was the grandson of the original settler named Bodden who was probably one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers at the taking of Jamaica in 1655.

The islands, along with nearby Jamaica, were captured by, then ceded to England in 1670 under the Treaty of Madrid. They were governed as a single colony with Jamaica until 1962 when they became a separate British Overseas Territory and Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth realm.

The largely unprotected at sea level island of Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan on 11- 12 September 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of them. Power, water and communications were all disrupted in some areas for months as Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the islands in 86 years. However, Grand Cayman forced a major rebuilding process and within two years its infrastructure was nearly returned to pre-Ivan levels. The Cayman Islands have the dubious honour of having experienced the most hurricane strikes in history. Due to the proximity of the islands, more hurricane and tropical systems have affected the Cayman Islands than any other region in the Atlantic basin. The Cayman Islands enjoy a high global standard of living fully dependent upon tourism and tax-haven dependent banking.

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea. They are the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Trench, standing 8,000 feet from the sea floor, which barely exceeds the surface. The islands lie in the centre of the Caribbean south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. They are situated about 400 miles south of Miami, 180 miles south of Cuba, and 195 miles northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is by far the biggest, with an area of 76 square miles. The two Sister Islands"" of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located about 80 miles east of Grand Cayman and have areas of 14 square miles and 10 square miles respectively."

All three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of western extensions of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range and are mostly flat. One notable exception to this is The Bluff on Cayman Brac's eastern part, which rises to 140 feet above sea level, the highest point on the island.

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