THE DEPENDENCY QUESTION


PROLOGUE

The history of the Cayman Islands is still being written. By this I do not mean that the story of the Cayman Islands continues to be created in these Islands' current actions and reactions in the modern world. This, of course is true: time has not forgotten us. But what I mean is that in the historical thread held out to us particularly by the Grand Old Man of Caymanian history, George Stephenson Shirt Hirst, there are vital strands that became frayed. The result is that Caymanian history as represented in magazine and newspaper articles is often a fa├žade lacking the depth of an imaginative connectedness with the actual life and thought of the time concerned. Typically, some quotation is obtained from one of the rather few old documents that are well-known today, but the insight into the context of the quotation is so lacking that it is liable to be misinterpreted.

The writing of Cayman Islands history may now, however, be resumed with greater promise both of accuracy and insight, with the advent of the Cayman Islands National Archive and its already impressive stock of facsimiles of original documents. In what follows I do not set out to write a comprehensive history. Rather, by means of these documents and from other research, I hope to repair some of the frayed strands of the historical thread with which we are familiar. As part of my own special concern I include in this repair work a history of the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, which up to now has been most inaccurately conveyed to us. The links of that history with the present condition of the Anglican congregations in the Islands will be shown, and an indication of their prospects for a future quite as interesting as the past and present will be attempted. May this work be found to be accurately informative, as well as of some service to those who will follow with their own research aims to pursue.