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Discovered in 1503 by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage of discovery to the New World, the Cayman Islands were a chance sighting en route to the island of Hispaniola. The weary shipmen found themselves thrust off course by a westward wind that brought "two very small and low islands, full of tortoises" into their line of vision. These two islands were eventually named Cayman Brac and Little Cayman while the main island, Grand Cayman, became a popular calling place for ships sailing the Caribbean because of its ample supply of turtle meat needed to feed hungry crews.

Despite such nondescript beginnings, nothing about Cayman’s meteoric rise to the forefront of global financial markets in the last four decades has been unremarkable. Nor has it happened by chance. Through the early vision of a few lawyers and a prudent government in the 1960’s, legislation was drafted and enacted to make the country an official tax-free jurisdiction. Barclay’s Bank was first to arrive on our sunny shores and the rest, as they say, is history.