Turks and Caicos Islanders have evolved from African and Indian descent, most arriving to TCI as slaves to work salt pans and cotton plantations in 1700 and 1800s. When these industries closed the people were left to fend for themselves; which they managed to do by fishing, planting and helping each other. The white population has only been a part of the Turks and Caicos for the last 50 years. Currently there are peoples from all over the world – Canada, U.S., British, French, Swiss, Italians, Filipinos, Bahamian, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Indians and Haitians. You may find someone residing in TCI from any or all countries of the world. The economy has grown and diversified as the population continues to grow.