Various people settled on the islands from refuges from the Spanish inquisition to pirates to slaves, shipwrecked sailors and more. Majority of Cayman Islands are of British and African descent. The first settlers of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman came from Jamaica. Isaac Bodden is the first recorded permanent resident of the Cayman Islands. He was actually born on Grand Cayman in 1661 and the grandson of the islands’ original settler. The first settlers were displaced by Spanish privateers attacks as the island became a favorite base among pirates and privateers.
On September 11-12, 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman and created a devastating 8-ft storm surge that submerge a great part of Grand Cayman. Reports indicated that 83% of houses on the islands were damaged. Communications, power and water were disrupted for some months in some areas of the island as hurricane Ivan was the worst that hit the islands in 86 years. After two years of extensive reconstruction, infrastructure in the islands is even better than its pre-hurricane state.
The Cayman Islands is world-class and privileged as residents enjoy a high global standard of living that is fully dependent on banking and tourism.