Cayman Islands: History
As part of the Treaty of Madrid, Spain gives control of the islands to Britain.
The first permanent settlers arrive, mostly of African and British descent.
The Cayman Islands become a Jamaican dependency.
The Cayman Islands join the Federation of the West Indies.
After the short-lived Federation of the West Indies dissolves, Jamaica becomes independent while the Cayman Islands stay under British rule.
A new constitution is approved that gives the islands greater autonomy.
Territory is put onto the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) list as a country abiding by internationally recognized tax standards.
Britain does not allow the Cayman Islands to take out loans to fix budget deficits as the financial crisis hits the islands.
The Cayman Islands, along with several other countries and territories, agree to share tax information as part of an international campaign against tax evasion.