Pedro St James Castle
Pedro St James Castle, Grand Cayman © Lhb1239
East of George Town is Pedro St James: the islands' oldest surviving building. Originally built by an Englishman who arrived on Grand Cayman in 1765, local stories also associate the house with the pirate Henry Morgan and a 17th-century Spaniard, Pedro Gomez. The house is touted as the islands' 'birthplace of democracy' because it was here in 1831 that the decision was made to vote for elected representatives, and four years later the Slavery Abolition Act was also read here. Constructed around 1780 from quarried native stone, the house has been restored by the government as an historic site.