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by Expat Focus columnist, Gordon Barlow
Cayman’s earliest settlers would have come by boat – some time in the early 1600s – from Jamaica or Cuba. There is no evidence of any aboriginal inhabitants, so the first comers would have been European and African refugees from one sort of slavery or another. They were either adventurous or desperate, or both – as indeed were most expats in history and pre-history.
The spirit of adventure lasted during the whole of Cayman’s history until just a few decades ago – at least among the men. Fishermen spread their seed throughout the western Caribbean. The Bay Islands of Honduras, Cuba’s Isle of Pines, the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua, several towns along America’s Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida Keys – all have native-born residents whose surnames betray their Caymanian or Jamaican ancestry.
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