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C AY M AN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

G R A ND

FREEDOM’S HOME

Known as “the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands,” the Pedro St. James National Historic Site has been likened to the United States’ Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Caymanians met here on Dec. 5, 1831, and voted to form their first elected parliament. They gathered at “the Castle” on May 3, 1835, to hear the proclamation

ABOVE: Pedro St. James. MIDDLE: Cannon at site; bedroom. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: A traditional stove; kitchen; child’s room.

ending slavery in the British Empire. The mansion originally was the private home of planter William Eden. The threestory landmark was built from quarried native rock in about 1780. It was the only survivor of a 1785 hurricane, making it the Caymans’ oldest stone structure. The family abandoned it in 1877, and it was put to various uses until the Cayman government purchased it in 1991.

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Restoration work on Pedro St. James

landscaped courtyard. The featured

took seven years to complete. Guests

attractions are a 20-minute multimedia

enter through the Visitors Center,

theater presentation of Cayman history

which perches on a bluff overlooking

and a self-guided tour of the imposing

the Caribbean Sea and surrounds a

great house.

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