Grand Turk: Columbus’s First Landing In the New World

As in many islands in the Caribbean, Grand Turk claims to be the site of Christopher Columbus’s first landing in the new world.  Many make this claim just before they begin to tell you how horrible a man he was.  

What they often forget to tell you is the natives weren’t alter boys themselves, many were cannibalistic, into self sacrifice, murder rape and were in constant wars. 

In those days, everyone was cruel to everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. 

One of the many cannons still on the island designed to protect the islanders from attack.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

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Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

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The Sites of Grand Turk

Written by :Gary Wonning

The beach at Grand Turk, miles and miles of beautiful white sand. The perfect island retreat!

 

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The remains of one of the five tracking stations that were at one time on Grand Turk. They were used to track our first ventures into space. John Glenn splashed down near here on the first mission into space.

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One of the early inhabitants of the island, don’t think he ever went into space.

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The lighthouse on the north end of the island, warned many seafarers not to come too close.

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Scene from Cockburntowne, the capitol of Grand Turk. This is part of the old jail complex.

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Street signs done in English fashion.

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One of the remaining early defenses of the island.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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Life on Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a unique island, tiny but varied, from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to cowboys riding horses down main street of the capitol city, Cockburntown, there is a lot of variety packed into this island paradise.
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Cowboy on Main Street

Near the site of the splash down of John Glenn , America’s first astronaut in space, the island has remained quiet and reserved until now. That is about to change, many new resort paradises are on the horizon and the island is destined to become a destination resort.

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John Glenn’s Friendship 7

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                                     Grand Turk tracking station

Margaritaville, the first of the new restaurants, is located near the cruise dock, is sure to be the first of many to grace this island. Let’s hope it doesn’t change the character and uniqueness of the island.

 

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Resort House on the Beach

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                                           Columbus Landed here!

With all this tiny island has to offer , it will become one of the favorite islands in the Caribbean.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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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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Half Moon Cay , Bahamas

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Situated southeast of Nassau Bahamas, Half Moon Cay is a private island that was purchased by Holland America Lines in 1977. 45 acres of the 2400 acre island has been developed as a stopover for cruise ships.

Featured is horseback riding, jet skiing, snorkeling, and just plain relaxing.

An on site lunch and bar service is also available from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, with food being brought over from the ship and prepared in the picnic area.

The island being a former refuge for pirates in now a significant resting area for waterfowl.

The island was named after Henry Hudson’s ship, the “Half Moon”, as an Englishman , he was employed by the Dutch .
Ten years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and on his third voyage to America, he sailed up the Hudson River in his ship the “Half Moon” and claimed the area for Holland.

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.

Your comments welcome

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