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History of Turks & Caicos

The Tainos and Lucayan Indians were the first to occupy the gorgeous islands of Turks and Caicos. They led a peaceful existence on the islands, forming a rich heritage of seafaring, salt-raking, and farming. It is speculated that the name "Turks and Caicos" refers to the Arawak terms for "Cactus" and "String of islands."


In 1492, famous explorer Christopher Columbus made his first landfall upon the islands. It then wasn't long before more Europeans came to Turks & Caicos, and the Indian population depleted due to diseases these foreigners brought. Those who survived were forced into slavery. It was not long before the islands lost most traces of their former residents; only a few utensils and building sites remain today.


For a few centuries, the French, Spanish, and British fought over ownership over Turks and Caicos. Eventually, the British won the title. This sense of victory was short-live and they struggled in trying to help the islands in their state of prosperity. The islands led a slow development because they were not on main sailing routes, did not possess gold, and the islands' lack of rain made them incompetent for growing sugar. As a result, the islands remained uninhabited until 1678, when Bermudans came.


Soon after their arrival, the Bermudans discovered that the islands contained vast amounts of salt and saw this as a perfect opportunity for trade. They began to extract salt and logging trees, and began clearing the islands to make way for Salinas, or salt-drying pans. Much of the salt was sold to supply cod-fishing industries of New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.


The Bermudans prospered during this period, and Turks and Caicos finally became acknowledged by the rest of the world. The islands even attracted pirates, who came to the islands and robbed wealthy sea merchants. These acts caused the French to retaliate and they claimed the islands in 1753, but were repelled by British forces only a year later.


Turks and Caicos became a part of the Bahamas in 1799. This remained for many years until a petition by the islands' residents caused it to become loosely tied to Jamaica. In 1973, England retained its former ownership of the island when Turks and Caicos became a separate Crown Colony of Great Britain.


Today, many people are drawn to islands for the beautiful culture and exquisite beaches perfect for scuba diving.


Turks & Caicos General Information and Villa Rentals

Villa IE KOU, Turks & Caicos, Sapodilla Bay, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE KOU

Magnificent views of the ocean and beach, Moroccan-inspired d├ęcor, a short walk from the beach

Sapodilla Bay, Turks & Caicos
7 br / 7.5 ba

Villa IE SEA, Turks & Caicos, Ocean Pt/Taylors, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE SEA

Contemporary style, enjoys magnificent sunsets, access to shared tennis courts, walk to the beach

Ocean Pt/Taylors, Turks & Caicos
5 br / 5 ba

Villa IE BAL, Turks & Caicos, Turtle Tail, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE BAL

Ultimate luxury living, enjoys cooling trade winds, located on an elevated ridge overlooking the sea

Turtle Tail, Turks & Caicos
3 br / 3 ba

Villa IE ALA, Turks & Caicos, Silly Creek/Taylors, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE ALA

Sought-after oceanfront location, spectacular sunsets, contemporary living minutes from the beach

Silly Creek/Taylors, Turks & Caicos
4 br / 4.5 ba

Villa IE FLC, Turks & Caicos, Turtle Tail, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE FLC

Spacious and open living with a beautiful ocean view, located within a short walk from the beach

Turtle Tail, Turks & Caicos
4 br / 4 ba

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WIMCO Villas, BAJ BAJ, Turks & Caicos, Turtle Tail, 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

BAJ BAJ

Luxurious and exotic, fabulous estate, hilltop location with breathtaking views of the sea

Turtle Tail, Turks & Caicos
6 br / 7 ba

WIMCO Villas, PL COR, Turks & Caicos, Grace Bay/Beachside, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

PL COR

Step out to Grace Bay Beach, outdoor breakfast nook, unique Barbados stone, designer furnishings

Grace Bay/Beachside, Turks & Caicos
5 br / 5 ba

WIMCO Villas, TNC COO, Turks & Caicos, Long Bay Beach, 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

TNC COO

Spectacular sea views, open and inviting spaces with Caribbean breezes, steps from Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos
7 br / 7 ba

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, a Wymara Resort, Turks & Caicos Island, Book now with WIMCO

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, a Wymara Resort

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos offers 91 guest rooms including 32 suites and 4 penthouses, and sets the standard for a fresh new style of luxury without formality, combining classic Caribbean style with a contemporary flair.

Turks & Caicos Island

WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Parrot Cay Resort & Spa, Turks & Caicos Island, Book now with WIMCO

Parrot Cay Resort & Spa

Set on a private, secluded island, Parrot Cay is the essence of luxury, relaxation, sophisticated and perfection. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment, enjoy the watersports and the crystal clear waters, take a swim in the infinity pool.

Turks & Caicos Island

WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Amanyara, Turks & Caicos Island, Book now with WIMCO

Amanyara

Amanyara embraces a select number of private villa homes which are available for rent. Each villa sits on little over an acre and a half of lush landscape and they emulate, on a more intimate scale, the Amanyara resort as a whole.

Turks & Caicos Island

WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, The Palms Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos Island, Book now with WIMCO

The Palms Turks & Caicos

Directly on Grace Bay Beach, 12-miles of white sandy beach, this property is the epitome of luxury. The suites are spacious, beautifully decorated and boast primary ocean views from every direction via expansive terraces. Spa, restaurants.

Turks & Caicos Island

WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Sibonne Beach Hotel, Turks & Caicos Island, Book now with WIMCO

Sibonne Beach Hotel

Overlooking Grace Bay, this small hotel offers the best value on island. The rooms are comfortable, charming and have garden or oceanview. The restaurant is amazingly good. Pool, beachfront property, friendly staff, quiet, peaceful and relaxing.

Turks & Caicos Island

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