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People, Languages & Religions in Turks & Caicos Island


The Turks & Caicos natives are called “Belongers” or “Turks Islanders” and are either descendants from African slaves who were originally brought over to grow cotton on the island of Providenciales or have immigrated here from the Bahamas back in the salt raking days. The local population mixes harmoniously with a large expatriate community of British, American, French, Canadian, Haitians, Dominicans and Scandinavians, giving the islands an international influence and unique culture.


The official language of the islands is English and the population also speaks Turks & Caicos Islands Creole which is similar to Bahamian Creole. Due to its close proximity to Cuba and Hispaniola, large Haitian Creole and Spanish-speaking communities have developed in the territory due to immigration, both legal and illegal, from Creole-speaking Haiti and from Spanish-speaking Cuba and the Dominican Republic.


The majority of the people in Turks & Caicos Islands are Christians – Baptist, Anglican, Methodist and Church of God.





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