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The Cayman Islands is a territory of the United Kingdom just south of Cuba, one of the last non-self-governing territories in the world. The islands have a mix of over a hundred nationalities (with a total population of around 60,000). The largest plurality is native Caymanians, though over half the population is a mix of two or more races. There are also large segments of the population that are of purely European or African descent. Regardless of race, however, the vast majority of the people are Protestant Christians, with Anglicanism and Presbyterianism being two of the largest groups.
The island state’s national tree is the silver thatch palm, which has historically been very important to local economy. This tree, found nowhere else in the world, has leaves that can be woven into fishing ropes, thatched roofs and a variety of crafts and useful household items.
The Cayman Islands have a strong culture of environmental conservation, as there are some species here that are found nowhere else in the world. The national bird, the Grand Cayman Parrot, and the national flower, the wild banana orchid, are both protected by law.
Despite being a Caribbean island, Cayman is still fairly British in terms of social decorum. Topless bathing is prohibited on the island and swimsuits are discouraged outside of cruise ships and beach areas. Smart casual attire is expected at restaurants in the evening and in churches.