Grand Turk is an island in the country of the Turks & Caicos Islands, which is a British Overseas Territory that’s located in the tropical Atlantic between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. Grand Turk is the historical center of the Turks & Caicos, and is the second most populated island in the country. The capital city of Cockburn Town is found on Grand Turk, and was originally founded by settlers from Bermuda as a site for sea salt production in 1681. Sea salt production is what originally put Grand Turk on the map. Many islands in the Turks and Caicos have shallow salt water ponds which were developed into Salinas by British Colonialists near the end of the 1600s. Donkeys and horses, first introduced in the salt industry days as a means of transportation, can still be seen roaming freely. Grand Turk is also knows for having excellent scuba diving and offshore snorkeling, with pristine wall sites defining the underwater experience. In many places, the wall can drop from 30 feet to over 7000 feet. The Grand Turk Cruise Center on the southern end of the island was opened in 2006 by Carnival Cruise Line.