Turks & Caicos Beat

The latest information about what's going on in the Turks and Caicos islands with a focus on Providenciales and Grace Bay.

By Michael Wu

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Birth of a Nation

This week's issue of Newsweek picked up on the appeal of the Turks & Caicos' appeal for those looking for an "Island of their own" specifically focusing on the Ritz Carlton:

The Turks and Caicos archipelago contains eight inhabited islands out of 40 in all. Ritz-Carlton's new Molasses Reef Resort on the uninhabited island of West Caicos, which opens in 2008, will include 60 villas and a 125-suite hotel and spa (ritzcarlton.com). The resort is named for the nearby reef where Columbus's Pinta is said to have sunk.

It's the last sentence that piqued my interest however because it turns out that a pair of marine archaeologists are going on a dive to search for a slave ship called the Trouvadore that sunk in 1800 and "created a nation."

"If it turns out that this is the Trouvadore, it would be huge for the nation itself," said Jason Burns, one of the two archaeologists making the trip. "Pretty much anyone on the island can trace their lineage back to the wreck."

If you have any interest in the history of TCI, how could you not continue reading this article?

Update on the expedition: It's now complete and you can read about it in Slave ship expedition yields murky answers.

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