August 30 – Constitution Day in the Turks and Caicos

Posted on August 30, 2014

I thought I had written about every single island nation in the Caribbean Sea and the nearby portions of the Atlantic Ocean...but there are so many! The Turks and Caicos Islands are an autonomous overseas territory of Great Britain, celebrating self-rule and a written constitution since August 1976.

I was surprised to read that Canadian government leaders have on occasion expressed interest in annexing the Turks and Caicos. Like, several occasions: in 1917, 1974, 1980s, and 2013. Obviously, I'm not talking armed invasion here; instead, I'm talking about leaders of Canada nicely approaching leaders of the Turks and Caicos, and inviting them to join the nation (or T&C leaders approaching Canada).

The Turks and Caicos Islands includes eight main islands and more than 299 smaller islands. Most of the islands are fairly flat, made of limestone, and covered with marshes and mangrove swamps. The weather is generally sunny and fairly dry – but with a high chance of hurricanes during the season (official hurricane season in the Caribbean is June 1 to November 30...although a few hurricanes occur in May and December).

Apparently, the Turks and Caicos
have the only commercial conch
farm in the world.

The T&C Islands feature lots of gorgeous beaches, of course, and also coral reefs and diving and snorkeling and kayaking and all the other lovely things one can do with water! Tourists can visit conch farms and lighthouses, go on a whale watching trip or an eco-safari, tour former cotton plantations or swim in one of the largest pools in the Caribbean...

Learn more about conchs here.

Also on this date:

Frankenstein author Mary Shelley's birthday

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