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The Cayman Islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503 when he named the islands Las Tortugas due to the large amount of sea turtles seen swimming nearby. Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain arrived in 1586 and named the islands Cayman (pronounced cay-MAN) after the indigenous word for crocodile. This British claimed territory has a rich history and the English influence is everywhere. It is one of the only British colonies in the Caribbean still in existence. Today, the Caymans are a haven for water enthusiasts and probably best known as an international financial center with more registered businesses than the 40,000 inhabitants.
The Caymans are made up of three islands. Grand Cayman is the largest island highlighted by the North Sound which is a shallow lagoon protected by a fabulous reef. It is due to this reef that cruise ships must tender and cannot dock in Georgetown. Cayman Brac is named for the Gaelic word for bluff as its central feature is a bluff that runs the length of the island into the sea. The smallest island is Little Cayman and it is the least developed as it has no sources of natural freshwater.