Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is found on the lovely little island of Grand Turk, which is one of the islands which comprise Turks & Caicos. Some islanders claim that Christopher Columbus landed on this island in 1492. At any rate, the arrival of Europeans led to the death of the entire indigenous population of Tainos Indians.
Turks & Caicos have at various times been under control of Bermuda, France, Spain, Jamaica, and Great Britain. Since 1973, however, the Turks & Caicos became a Crown Colony of Great Britain.
Up until fairly recently, the economy of Grand Turks relied heavily on salt mining and an American presence: a U.S. Airforce base and a second installation affiliated with NASA. (In fact, John Glen came down just off the coast of Grand Turk.) The U.S. pulled out a number of years ago, which was a blow to the economy. Not long before that, the salt mine industry on Grand Turk closed down. And damage incurred by sustained winds up to 200 MPH during Hurricane Ike was also significant. Today, however, the economy is showing signs of recovery, thanks in large part to their major industry: tourism.
|Margaritaville's Trading Post|
|Really - it's there!|
|With our cruise ship in the background|
|The Carribean is full of color...|
|...and beautiful blooms|