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ID: 7004623
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  Cayman Islands (dependent state)

Coordinates:
Lat: 19 30 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 19.5000  decimal degrees
Long: 080 40 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -80.6667  decimal degrees

Note: The islands were uninhabited when charted by Columbus in 1503, but the Arawaks and Caribs probably had visited here. The name comes from the Spanish "caimán", meaning "alligators," though they were really indigenous iguanas. The Spanish and French visited them, then the British settled here in the 17th century and brought Africans as slaves. The official language is English, though Spanish is also widely spoken.

Names:
Cayman Islands (preferred,C,V,English-P,U,N)  ............ name changed from Las Tortugas, ca. 1527
Caymans (C,V,English,U,N)
Islas Caimán (C,O,Spanish-P,U,N)
Îles Caïman (C,O,French-P,U,N)
Caïmanes (C,O)
Caymaneilanden (C,O,Dutch-P,U,N)
Caiman-Inseln (C,O,German-P,U,N)
Cayman, Ilhas (C,O,Portuguese-P,U,N)
CYM (C,O,ISO3L)
KY (C,O,ISO2L)
ISO136 (C,O,ISO3N)
CJ00 (C,O,FIPS)
CAY (H,O)
Las Tortugas (H,O)  ............ named by the Spanish for the two islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, after turtles in surrounding waters, now nearly extinct

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  ........  Cayman Islands (dependent state) (P)

Additional Parents:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of British Overseas Territories (group of nations/states/cities)  ....  British Overseas Territories (group of nations/states/cities) (P)
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  ........  Cayman Islands (dependent state)
 
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Greater Antilles (island group)  ........  Greater Antilles (island group) (P)
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  ............  Cayman Islands (dependent state)
 
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of British West Indies (general region)  ....  British West Indies (general region) (P)
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  ........  Cayman Islands (dependent state)
 
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United Kingdom (nation)  ........  United Kingdom (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Cayman Islands (dependent state)  ............  Cayman Islands (dependent state) (P)

Place Types:
dependent state (preferred, C)  ............  ceded by Spain to Britain 1607, administered as separate from Jamaica since 1962
primary political unit (C)
colony (C)

Related geographic places:
capital is ....  Georgetown .......... (inhabited place)
..................  (World, North and Central America, Cayman Islands, George Town) [1016208]

Sources and Contributors:
Caïmanes..........  [VP]
.................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-21
Caiman-Inseln..........  [VP]
..........................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) 319
CAY..........  [VP]
...........  ISO Handbook (1988) 764
Caymaneilanden..........  [VP]
.............................  Engels Woordenboek (1987)
Cayman, Ilhas..........  [VP]
..........................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) 319
Cayman Islands..........  [BHA, VP Preferred]
.............................  Britannica Book of the Year (1992) 493
.............................  Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) 121
.............................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 980-981
.............................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
.............................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 231
Caymans..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 980-981
CJ00..........  [VP]
...........  NIMA, GNS ADM1 Codes (1999) accessed 01/20/99
CYM..........  [VP]
...........  ISO Country Codes (1996) 13
Îles Caïman..........  [VP]
.......................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) 319
Islas Caimán..........  [VP]
.......................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) 319
ISO136..........  [VP]
.................  ISO Country Codes (1996) 13
KY..........  [VP]
...........  ISO Country Codes (1996) 13
Las Tortugas..........  [VP]
.......................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 164
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 980-981
Subject: .....  [BHA, VP]
..................  Britannica Book of the Year (1992) 493
..................  Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) 121
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 164
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 980-981
..................  Engels Woordenboek (1987)
..................  ISO Country Codes (1996) 13
..................  ISO Handbook (1988) 764
..................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
..................  NIMA, GNS ADM1 Codes (1999) accessed 01/20/99
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) 319; I-21
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 231
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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