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Cayman Islands


Introduction: The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies. When the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British...

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Government and Political Conditions: The Cayman Islands' physical isolation under early British colonial rule allowed the development of an indigenous set of administrative and legal traditions, which were codified into a Constitution in 1959. Although still a British Overseas Territory, the islands today are self-governed in nearly all respects. The Constitution, or the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, that governs the ...

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International Relations: Relations with Neighbours

Cayman Islands enjoy a close relationship with the other Caribbean Overseas Territories. Cayman Islands have been an associate member of CARICOM since 2002.

Relations with the International Community

HMG is responsible for Cayman Islands' external relations.

Relations with the UK

HMG is responsible for Cayman Islands' external relations, defence and internal security. The principal point of contact is Overseas Territories Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (+44 20 7008 2696, otdenquiries@fco.gov.uk, and the ...

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The Commonwealth Caribbean islands make up a large subcomponent of the hundreds of islands in the Caribbean Sea, forming a wide arc between Florida in the north and Venezuela in the south, as well as a barrier between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Varying considerably in size, the islands, which are the isolated upper parts of a submerged chain of volcanic mountains, are scattered ...

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