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Notion of Canada annexing Turks and Caicos dates back to Borden's era

The lapel of Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos, is pinned with the flags of Canada and Turks and Caicos as he holds a media availability in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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The lapel of Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos, is pinned with the flags of Canada and Turks and Caicos as he holds a media availability in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - A chronology of key events in the history of the Turks and Caicos islands:

Circa 750: The first inhabitants reach the islands.

1492: Christopher Columbus lands on Grand Turk island.

1668: A salt industry is established by Bermudians.

1706: Islands are seized from Bermuda by the French and the Spanish.

1710: British formally place the islands under the jurisdiction of the Bahamas.

1873: The islands become a separate colony.

1874: After a devastating hurricane, the islands are annexed to Jamaica for relief efforts.

1917: Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden explores the idea of annexing the islands. Britain says no.

1962: Astronaut John Glenn splashes down off the islands after the first American orbital flight. He is taken to Grand Turk after his landing.

1974: Canadian New Democrat Max Saltzman introduces a private member's bill to annex the islands. It failed.

2004: The Nova Scotia legislature passes a motion calling for negotiations to make the islands a part of Nova Scotia.

2014: Conservative MP Peter Goldring persists in his efforts to link Canada and the islands.

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