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Turks and Caicos Islands

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

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Country Name

The Turks and Caicos Islands.


The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean and northern West Indies.

Turks and Caicos is a tiny island nation located in the Caribbean. To the east, there’s Cuba, and to the north, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Cockburn Town.

Reason for naming the country

The Turks and Caicos Islands are named after the Turk's cap cactus (Melocactus intortus), and the Lucayan term caya hico, meaning 'string of islands.


The current flag was adopted in 1968. The flag is composed of a blue background with a Union Jack (the flag of the United Kingdom) in the canton and a yellow shield on the right side of the flag contains a shell, a lobster, and a cactus.

The shell and the Lobster represent the local fishing industry while the cactus represents the local flora.