Turks and Caicos Islands
Perhaps you are lucky enough to be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands - or maybe you live there! We have flag printables and a flag colouring page, too.
Beautiful beach at Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
- Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 islands and cays, 925 km southeast from Miami.
- The Bahamas is only 62km away but Turks and Caicos is a British protectorate.
- The larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands have a population between them of about 31,500 people, most of whom live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands.
- Coral reefs surround the islands providing refuge for tropical fish and divers.
- The name Turks is said to derive from the native cactus which resembles a Turkish fez hat, whilst Caicos comes from the Lucayan for 'string of islands'.
- Most of the 30,000 residents are descended from African slaves who worked on plantations and salt farms.
- In 2008 Hurricane Ike caused $500m of damage to the islands.
- Christopher Columbus is said to have have stopped for water on Grand Turk in 1492, his first landfall in the New World. Others claim he was in the Bahamas.
- In 1962 the Friendship 7 space capsule, piloted by astronaut John Glenn, splashed into the sea near Grand Turk island, a replica is on display.
- Parrot Cay, a famous luxury resort, was once called Pirate Cay after the famous pirate Anne Bonny who stayed here in the 1720s!
- Providenciales Island is home to the majority of residents and the 19 km white sandy Grace Bay Beach which has been named the best in the world.
- Conch shellfish are harvested for meat and their shells. The Caicos Conch Farm is the only commercial conch farm in the world.
- Humpback whales visit the sea around Salt Cay each year.
Turks and Caicos Flag
The flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a Union Flag in the top left corner (as normal for the British Overseas Territories) with a blue field. The Turks and Caicos Islands' Coat of Arms is towards the left, and features a lobster, a cactus and a conch shell.
Turks and Caicos Resources
Choose from four sets of bookmarks featuring the Turks and Caicos Islands flag - two to colour, and two ready to go.
Here's a flag colouring page for the Turks and Caicos Islands colouring page. The crest contains a lobster, conch shell and cactus to colour in!
Our little flag jigsaws are a great way to get children familiar with flags. They are quick to make and fun to do! This one is of the Turks and Caicos Islands' flag, with its distinctive crest. You will find instructions and cutting guides here.
There are four different sizes of Turks and Caicos Islands flags in this printable. Just choose the size that's most appropriate for your needs.