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   Turks and Caicos Islands

Introduction:
The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.


Official name: Turks and Caicos Islands
Capital: name: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
geographic coordinates: 21 28 N, 71 08 W
time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins first Sunday in April; ends last Sunday in October
Government type: NA
Population: 21,746 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: English (official)
Official Currency: US Dollar (USD)

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Currency code: USD
Area: total: 430 sq km
land: 430 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: tropical; marine; moderated by trade winds; sunny and relatively dry


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