Island-Living, The Cayman Islands

CAYMAN ISLANDS COAT-OF-ARMS: THE SYMBOL OF MY COUNTRY’S HISTORY & PEOPLE

One of my greatest inner passions is the love of my country – the Cayman Islands are one of the most unique, blessed and beautiful places on Earth and that is barely disputable. Our small island treasures have been strategically placed in the Caribbean Sea at a point on this planet that has made them the central location for so many historical events ever since the west was “discovered” by the east.

Beyond our pristine beaches, soft, white sand, amazing flora and fauna – there is a story of a people who refused to turn their back on what they realized was then one of the best places to live despite the hardships they had to endure in order to provide us with the life we now enjoy.

On my adventures at the national archives I was brought close with a past that described a people who persevered when many chose that “this, was not the life for them” and moved on to greener pastures on other [at that time] more developed countries with better amenities and infrastructure. However, our ancestors who remained had a vision and worked hard to establish a life on the Cayman Islands although there were mosquitoes so thick that the swarms suffocated cows and food and fresh water were scarce unless you were able to fish (which, luckily, most of the men did and could).

Our people became known for their hard-work and were called “iron men and women” – the used every natural resource the islands had at the time and built homes, dug wells by hand, and smiled through what today we would consider “suffering” – they saw it as freedom and happiness within a country that allowed them to exist in peace after the slavery was abolished.

One of the symbols of our people’s vision and transition from the islands’ historical hardships to the quest for modernity is arguably our beautiful “Coat of Arms” – the piece of art that has somehow interwoven the existence of our local people and all that is and was once Cayman.

My Brief self-filmed documentary of the Cayman Islands Coat-of-Arms (Part 1 to 3).

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

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