Cockburn Harbour is known for having the best natural harbour in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Until the 1960s it was an important centre of regional trade and a major exporter of salt. Today its main industry is small scale fishing focused on conch and spiny lobster exports. A variety of historic structures, including the Queen’s Parade Grounds, an old Wesleyan Church, the 18th-century Commissioner’s House, the old salt works and the boiling hole that fed them can be found in the town. The abandoned salt pans just outside town have become the home of a number of bird species including large flocks of flamingos.
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