Cayman Islands Brief History Quiz

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Christopher Columbus who sighted the Cayman Islands named them Las Tortugas after the many sea turtles he saw swimming there. One of their most widely celebrated events on the island is Pirates’ Week, which is celebrated this year from November 12-22. What else do you know about the history of the Cayman Island? Take the quiz and find out.


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  • 1. 

    Who was the Italian who sailed for Spain that first came across the Cayman Islands?

    • A.

      Christopher Columbus

    • B.

      John White

    • C.

      Amanda Weis

    Correct Answer
    A. Christopher Columbus
    Explanation
    Christopher Columbus is the correct answer because he was an Italian explorer who sailed for Spain and is widely known for his voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. During his fourth voyage in 1503, Columbus encountered the Cayman Islands, making him the first European to come across them.

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  • 2. 

    What did Christopher Columbus name Cayman Brac and Little Cayman when he discovered them?

    • A.

      Las Piscinas

    • B.

      Los vestidos

    • C.

      Las Tortugas

    Correct Answer
    C. Las Tortugas
    Explanation
    When Christopher Columbus discovered Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, he named them "Las Tortugas." This name translates to "The Turtles" in English. It is likely that Columbus named them this because of the abundance of turtles he found in the area. Turtles were a valuable source of food for sailors during long voyages, so Columbus may have been impressed by the number of turtles he encountered on these islands.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the British sailor who later discovered the Cayman Islands? (after Columbus)

    • A.

      Sir Francis Drake

    • B.

      Sir Carl Harrison

    • C.

      Sir Harry Winthrop

    Correct Answer
    A. Sir Francis Drake
    Explanation
    Sir Francis Drake is the correct answer because he was a British sailor who is known for his explorations and voyages during the Elizabethan era. He is credited with being the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and he made several expeditions to the Caribbean. During one of these expeditions, it is believed that he discovered the Cayman Islands in 1586. Drake's exploration and discovery of new lands made him a prominent figure in British maritime history.

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  • 4. 

    What did Sir Francis Drake discover many of in these islands?

    • A.

      Squid

    • B.

      Caimans

    • C.

      Seashells

    Correct Answer
    B. Caimans
    Explanation
    Sir Francis Drake discovered many caimans in these islands. Caimans are reptiles similar to alligators and crocodiles, native to Central and South America. They are known for their long, snout-like jaws and scaly bodies. Drake's discovery of many caimans suggests that these islands were likely inhabited by a significant population of these reptiles.

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  • 5. 

    What are caimans?

    • A.

      Sea creatures related to sharks

    • B.

      Sea creatures related to dolphins

    • C.

      Land creatures related to crocodiles

    Correct Answer
    C. Land creatures related to crocodiles
    Explanation
    Caimans are land creatures related to crocodiles. They belong to the same family as crocodiles and alligators, known as the Alligatoridae family. Caimans have a similar appearance to crocodiles, with a long snout, sharp teeth, and a tough, armored body. They are native to Central and South America and can be found in rivers, swamps, and marshes. Caimans are carnivorous reptiles and feed on fish, amphibians, and small mammals. They are smaller in size compared to crocodiles, making them a distinct species within the crocodilian family.

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  • 6. 

    True or False: Where the CAYMAN Islands eventually named after the creatures that Sir Francis Drake discovered?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The correct answer is True. The Cayman Islands were indeed named after the creatures that Sir Francis Drake discovered. The name "Cayman" is derived from the Carib word for the marine crocodile, which was abundant in the region when Drake arrived in the 16th century. The islands were later named "Las Tortugas" (The Turtles) by Spanish explorers, but eventually became known as the Cayman Islands due to the prevalence of the Cayman crocodile.

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  • 7. 

    Who where the 2 main countries battling over control of the Cayman Islands?

    • A.

      Spain + France

    • B.

      Spain + Britain

    • C.

      Italy + Spain

    Correct Answer
    B. Spain + Britain
    Explanation
    Spain and Britain were the two main countries battling over control of the Cayman Islands. These two nations had a long history of colonial rivalry and competition for territories. The Cayman Islands, located in the Caribbean Sea, were strategically important for their potential as trading posts and naval bases. Both Spain and Britain sought to establish control over these islands to expand their influence in the region and secure their economic and military interests. This conflict eventually led to the Treaty of Madrid in 1670, which recognized British control over the Cayman Islands.

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  • 8. 

    Who eventually won control over the Cayman Islands?

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      Spain

    • C.

      Britain

    Correct Answer
    C. Britain
    Explanation
    Britain eventually won control over the Cayman Islands. This can be inferred from historical records which show that the Cayman Islands were colonized by the British in the 17th century and remained under British control ever since. Italy and Spain did not have any significant involvement or control over the Cayman Islands.

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  • 9. 

    What treaty gave control over the Cayman Islands to Britain?

    • A.

      Treaty of Madrid

    • B.

      Treaty of Cayman

    • C.

      Treaty of Land Rights

    Correct Answer
    A. Treaty of Madrid
    Explanation
    The Treaty of Madrid is the correct answer because it granted control over the Cayman Islands to Britain. This treaty, signed in 1670, established British sovereignty over the islands and solidified their status as a British overseas territory. The Treaty of Cayman and Treaty of Land Rights are incorrect options as they do not pertain to the transfer of control over the Cayman Islands to Britain.

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  • 10. 

    What is included in the Cayman flag that is related to their mother country, Britain?

    • A.

      A little picture of tea and crumpets in the corner

    • B.

      The name of the 1st British queen

    • C.

      The British flag in the left-hand corner

    Correct Answer
    C. The British flag in the left-hand corner
    Explanation
    The Cayman flag includes the British flag in the left-hand corner, which signifies its connection to their mother country, Britain. This symbolizes the historical and political ties between the Cayman Islands and Britain, as the Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory. The inclusion of the British flag on the Cayman flag represents the influence and governance of Britain over the islands.

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