Turks & Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a UK overseas territory and form the southern tip of the Bahamas chain in the north of the Caribbean region. Their nearest neighbour to the south is the Dominican Republic.
The Turks Islands take their name from the red flowers of a type of indigenous cactus, which to 17th century Spanish sailors resembled the headgear of Turkish men. Caicos is spanish for 'cayos' cays.
Having made their debut in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton the islands returned to the Games arena in 1998 and since then have established themselves as an integral part of the Games Family.
The Turks and Caicos Commonwealth Games Association (TCICGA) organises the island's participation in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
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Capital - Grand Turk
Population - 17,502
Time Zone - GMT -04:00
Language - English
Currency - US$