Grand Turk Caicos Islands

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Cockburn Town , Grand Turk

Only 6 miles long and a little over a mile wide, Grand Turk is blessed with miles of quiet sugary beaches, and is close to many uninhabited islands that just can’t wait to be explored! On the north point of the island , a channel gives access to North Creek, the only hurricane shelter for yachts between Nassau and Puerto Rico.

Since it’s founding by Bermudian Salt Rakers in 1766, Grand Turk has been the administrative and political capitol of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s turn of the century Caribbean charm is evident everywhere, the Bermudian British architecture makes any visit worthwhile!

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It’s old Bermudian-style architecture, gates and
doorways, beautiful turquoise waters and colorful plants  set Grand
Turk apart from the other islands with its endearing Caribbean charm and make it a photographers paradise

During the early days, salt was the main source of income. Channels were dug from the ocean and water was drained into large flat areas where the water evaporated, thus the salt could be harvested and used not only on their iguana steaks, but exported as well.

Donkeys, horses and cattle were the means of transportation during the salt industry, largely now unemployed, these animals are seen still wondering the streets and countryside of Grand Turk.

On Feb. 20 1962 astronaut John Glenn, became the first American to orbit the earth and his space capsule splashed down in Grand Turk waters and was brought to the island for a medical checkup and post flight de-briefing.

A first hand account of this historical event, which would be of interest to historians, stamp collectors, and those interested in Caicos Islands and Grand Turk history is featured in the local museum and includes postage stamps and a special envelope autographed by John Glenn.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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