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#467544 - 07/02/13 02:48 PM Cay Corker or Caye Caulker  
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Which is it?

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#467545 - 07/02/13 03:23 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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Either. Actually, the correct name is Caye Caulker.

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#467550 - 07/02/13 05:01 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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Some old-timers -- those who are over, say, 35 years old -- like to refer to Placencia as Placentia, Dangriga as Stann Creek, Belize City as Belize, San Ignacio as El Cayo, and Caulker as Corker.

#467603 - 07/03/13 01:41 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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If you listen those with old fashioned English accents, like a Scotsman I know, the word Caulker and Corker pronounce exactly the same.

Some old maps spell It Key also ,which is how the words Caye and Cay were pronounced in Old Spanish.
Starting to make sense?

The spelling Caye Caulker was made official about thirty years ago when they opened the first Post Office on CC. It struck many of us as a foolish choice since only insiders can pronounce it correctly. The sensible choice would have Key Cocker which was also in use at that time.

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#467618 - 07/03/13 06:01 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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I hear Key Ca-Ca a lot, doesn't mean I spell it that way though (joking).

#467666 - 07/04/13 02:24 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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The Spanish were interested in the wild Hicaco plums. Try saying he kah coh three times fast followed by Caye Caulker three times and you will know where the name derived.

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#526896 - 11/07/17 03:19 PM Re: Cay Corker or Caye Caulker [Re: champion]  
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the island of wooden boat builders had the time consuming task of caulking the cracks between boards in the hull. They took cloth and with hammer and chisel forced it between the boards, The Caye of Caulkers.

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