The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory. The Cayman Islands, originally populated with Jamaicans, were colonized by the British during the period of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Jamaica oversaw the Cayman Islands territory after 1863. The Cayman Islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies in 1959. After the Federation no longer existed in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British territory. The Cayman Islands are located in the Caribbean and consist of the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Cayman Islands make a total area that is 1.5 times the size of Washington, D.C.