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Turks and Caicos Island Flag

The Turks Islands were discovered in the 16th century and colonized in the 17th century by Bermudan settlers. The Caicos Islands were ruled jointly with the Turks from 1848. From the 19th century all the islands were administered by Jamaica, and did not become a separate entity until Jamaican independence in 1962. The islands were under Jamaican jurisdiction until 1962, when they assumed the status of a crown colony.

The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. The Islands have been a British dependent territory since 1976, and the flag reflects this. The flag is the British blue Ensign with the badge from the islands' arms in the fly. The badge contains a conch shell, a spiny lobster and a Turks head cactus, all local flora and fauna. This flag was adopted in 1968.

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