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Culebra

History

First hunting grounds for Taíno and Carib tribes, then a pirate stronghold during the days of the Spanish Empire, much of Culebra’s 7000 acres has remained essentially the same ever since two-legged creatures took to walking its shores. The US Navy grabbed control of most of the island early in the 20th century and didn’t cede its lands back to the locals until 1975. Some modern structures went up on the newly accessible land rather rapidly, but resident expats and native-born culebrenses were very quickly able to find a common language and they have continued to work together quite fiercely to hold overdevelopment and commercialization at bay.