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Turks and Caicos timeline

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1800s continued
  • (1834) Slaves in the British Colony were granted freedom
  • (1841) Illegal Spanish slave ship “Trouvadore” wrecked off East Caicos with 192 Africans bound for Cuba and 20 crew
  • (1846) Turks Islands Whaling Company formed, first whale was harpooned off East Ambergris Cay
  • (1848 - 1873) Turks and Caicos Islands issued a royal charter by Queen Victoria, became independent colony
  • (1850) English Captain Delaney recovered $130,000 in pirate treasure at Sand Cay
  • (1852) Grand Turk Lighthouse constructed after many shipwrecks
  • (1860-65) American Civil War disrupted salt trade
  • (1866) “The Great Bahama Hurricane” devastated Turks and Caicos Islands
  • (1874) Turks and Caicos Islands became dependency of Jamaica
  • (1898) First telegraph cable installed between Bermuda to Grand Turk to Jamaica
  • (1926) “Hurricane of the Century” devastated all the islands from Grand Turk to Florida
  • (1948) First commercial flight to Turks and Caicos
  • (1950) U.S. missile tracking station established on Grand Turk
  • (1960) Hurricane Donna devastated all agriculture
  • (1962) Turks and Caicos Islands voted to remain a British Crown Colony; Astronaut John Glenn, first touched land on Grand Turk after space flight
  • (1966) Development of Providenciales began
  • (1970) Last shipment of salt from Salt Cay brought the 300 years industry to an end
  • (1976) First self-elected government
  • (1978) Millions in treasures were discovered on Silver Shoals

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1900s continued
  • (1980) Treasure hunting company located remains of 16th century wreck on Molasses Reef; J.A.G.S McCartney, the islands’ first elected Chief Minister, killed in plane crash
  • (1986) Constitution was suspended following inquiry into arson, alleged corruption
  • (1992) Coralie site (oldest archeological site in the Bahamas archipelago) discovered on Grand Turk
  • (2006) Grand Turk Cruise Center opened on Grand Turk
  • (2008) Two hurricanes, Ike and Hanna, struck in one week, caused major damage to the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • (2009) Prime Minister Michael Misick, resigned, following signs of corruption, Britain removed Misick and the cabinet, constitution was suspended for two years, a governor appointed by Queen Elizabeth would run the Islands

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