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The Maritime Heritage of the Cayman Islands (New Perspectives on Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology) [Hardcover]

Roger C. Smith

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30 Jun 2000 New Perspectives on Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology
A nautical history of the Cayman Islands, describing how an intrepid group of islanders flourished on the sea. It follows the tracks of the sea turtles and mariners who hunted them, the exploits of pirates and the development of schooners, and goes underwater to explore the sites of the wrecks.

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Roger C. Smith, state underwater archaeologist for the Florida Division of Historical Resources, is the author of Vanguard of Empire: Ships of Exploration in the Age of Columbus and coauthor of An Atlas of Maritime Florida (UPF, 1997). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Maritime Heritage of the Cayman Islands 10 July 2000
By Elmer E. W. Hurlstone - Published on Amazon.com
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Pirates, naval warfare, ship wrecks and sunken treasure...this book has it all !
While archeology (even the marine variety) can be a dry subject, Roger C. Smith does an excellent and workmanlike job of extensively documenting the maritime history of the Cayman Islands.
As the son, grandson and nephew of a long line of Cayman Island mariners (my ancestors were among the first permanent settlers) I found the documentation of many of the stories told by my elders to be fascinating.
Today the Islands are best known as a tourist destination and a major player in the world of off-shore banking.
This was not always the case. In the distant through relatively recent past the Cayman Islands were a significant supplier of manpower to the regional and even the world maritime industry.
Mr. Smith documents the maritime evolution of the Cayman Islands with extensive research in the Islands and Europe.
Coupling the research with detailed field work and an ability to write in an informative and entertaning fashion results in a GREAT READ.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in maritime history, pirates, treasure or the Cayman Islands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique contribution to Caribbean studies 22 Feb 2009
By W. Wedenoja - Published on Amazon.com
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The Caymans are a unique part of the Caribbean region in that a largely marine culture developed there. These three small, flat and remote islands between Jamaica and Cuba were not suitable for the sugar plantations that dominated the other islands. They did sustain a large number of crocodiles, and a great abundance of sea turtles. The islands were uninhabited before European discovery, and initially served as navigational landmarks, places to take on water and careen vessels, and sources of turtle meat for the Spanish, French, Dutch, and British. After 1655, they came under the control of England, and were settled in the early eighteenth century. The settlers made their living hunting turtles, first in their islands, later off the south coast of Cuba, and finally on the Miskito Bank of Central America. This endeavor also spawned a ship building industry and rope making. The Caymans are surrounded by reefs and, being low, are almost impossible to sight at night, therefore there are, as the author states, a "disproportionate number of shipwrecks." Islanders looted and salvaged wrecks as part of their livelihood. This book is an outstanding, comprehensive account of this maritime history and heritage, which was largely replaced by massive tourism in the late twentieth century. It is, most importantly, an authoritative account; the author is a marine archaeologist who has studied the islands for twenty years. His research includes underwater and terrestrial archaeological surveys and excavations, archival research, oral histories, ethnohistory, and ethnography. Yet it is also a pleasant, entertaining, and well-illustrated read, equally suitable for the scholar and the casual reader.
4.0 out of 5 stars Been there and saw it happening 29 Jan 2014
By Park Group LLC - Published on Amazon.com
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Grand Cayman is the only place I have ever seen bank deposits made with a fork-lift. How did this crazy place ever come about and why is it one of the most profitable places on earth to do business, read and learn the founding heritage of the Cayman Islands.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 Sep 2013
By Jerry Atric - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good Book with some interesting Historical Facts about the history of the Cayman Islands .I would recommend the site to anyone interested.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cayman 22 July 2013
By Dorothy Bassett - Published on Amazon.com
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I live in Cayman ~ love the history of the island. Very good book. Helping with understanding the history of my home.
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