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Some 40 low-lying islands 575 miles southeast of Miami and due north of the Dominican Republic.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T4)
The Turks and Caicos islands produced salt for Britain and a flag design that featured a big pile of salt was sent to London. There a royal mapmaker, thinking that the islands were part of some new possession in the Canadian Arctic, turned the salt piles into igloos. This remained as a colonial symbol for about a century.
    (SSFC, 12/18/05, p.F4)

1512        Ponce de Leon stepped ashore on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T4)

1600s        Pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read plundered the region.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T4)

1841        Apr 3, From Nassau, Bahamas, a British magistrate wrote that 193 shipwrecked African slaves from the ship Trouvadore were found naked on the shores of the East Caicos Island. The slaves were then quarantined in a jail and given food and clothing. The accident set free the slaves who became ancestors of many later residents of the islands. In 2004 the wreck was found and in 2008 marine archaeologists identified it as the remains of the slave ship.
    (AP, 8/21/04)(AP, 11/26/08)

1852        The Grand Turk Lighthouse was built at the tip of Grand Turk island, at the bottom of the Bahamas chain, as the area thrived from the salt trade.
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.G6)

1986        The constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands was suspended following an inquiry into arson and alleged corruption.
    (Econ, 8/22/09, p.34)

1998        Jun 9, Some 30 Haitians drowned when police in the British Turks and Caicos Islands fired on a boat jammed with about 100 refugees.
    (WSJ, 6/10/98, p.A1)

2003        Apr 24, In the Turks and Caicos Islands the governing party narrowly held on to power in elections, giving Chief Minister Derek Taylor an unprecedented third term.
    (AP, 4/25/03)

2003        Aug 7, An opposition party in the Turks and Caicos, a British territory, won legislative elections and will return to power after eight years out of office.
    (AP, 8/8/03)

2003-2009    The gross domestic product of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a U.K. territory of 22,000 people, more than doubled during this period to $750 million, largely through a resort-building boom under Premier Michael Misick.
    (AP, 2/23/10)

2007        May 4, A boat loaded with Haitian migrants capsized while being towed by a police boat from the Turks and Caicos Islands. 78 of some 160 people survived. Haitian migrants later claimed a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(SFC, 5/5/07, p.A8)(AP, 5/8/07)

2008        Apr, The Nikki Beach Resort & Spa opened In the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 2009 the exclusive resort that catered to celebrities and offered personal butlers and a pillow menu closed after less than two years of operation.
    (AP, 9/12/09)

2008        Sep 6, Hurricane Ike barreled toward the Turks and Caicos as a powerful Category 3 storm, prompting an exodus of tourists and locals from the normally idyllic Atlantic island chain.
    (AP, 9/6/08)

2008        Sep 7, In Haiti at least 58 people died as Ike's winds and rain swept the impoverished Caribbean nation. Officials also found three more bodies from a previous storm, raising Haiti's death toll from four tropical storms in less than a month to 319. A Dominican man was crushed by a falling tree. Ike damaged most of the homes on Grand Turk island as it roared onto the Bahamas and threatened the Florida Keys on its way to Cuba as a ferocious Category 4 storm.
    (AP, 9/7/08)(AP, 9/8/08)

2008        Dec 15, A plane from the Dominican Rep. went missing near the Turks and Caicos Islands that reportedly had 11 people on board.
    (AP, 12/16/08)

2009        Feb 13, Turks and Caicos Islands jet-setting PM Michael Misick said he will step down as leader the at the end of March, citing a lack of support for his scandal-plagued government. Premier Misick reportedly paid himself more than Britains Gordon Brown for running the territory of 36,000 people.
    (AP, 2/14/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.42)

2009        Mar 23, Michael Misick, the jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, resigned, a week earlier than expected, following an investigation that found "clear signs" of corruption in the eight-island British dependency. His successor as premier, Galmo Williams, won a 3-way fight to lead the ruling Progressive National Party at a convention in early March.
    (AP, 3/24/09)

2009        Aug 14, Britain removed Michael Misick, the elected premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as the cabinet and assembly due to systemic corruption. The constitution was suspended for 2 years and the population of 38,000 would be run for the next 2 years by a governor representing Queen Elizabeth.
    (Econ, 8/22/09, p.34)

2011        A Florida court sentenced David Smith of Jamaica to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 23 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. He was earlier sentenced to 6 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where his assets were frozen.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        Nov, Rufus Ewing was elected as the new premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Gov. Rick Todd returned the islands to self rule following three years of direct administration.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.42)

2012        Dec 7, In Brazil Michael Misick, the former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos islands, was arrested after having disappeared a couple years ago.
    (AP, 12/7/12)

2012        The population of the Turks and Caicos Islands was about 31,500.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.42)

2013        May 23, Officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands said they have recovered $19.5 million and over 2,500 acres of real estate as they continued to seize assets improperly obtained by corrupt politicians.
    (SFC, 5/24/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 15, Britain clinched a deal with its major offshore tax havens on Saturday that will see 10 British overseas territories and crown dependencies sign up to international protocols on information sharing. Those included were Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
    (Reuters, 6/15/13)

2013        Dec 25, A boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands and 17 Haitian suspected illegal migrants died. 33 people were rescued.
    (AFP, 12/25/13)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A2)

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