The Channel Islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times, with greater settlement picking up during the Middle Ages. Originally, they were a part of the Duchy of Normandy, before being ceded in the 13th century to the English monarchy, and later becoming an extension of the British monarchy. Nowadays, the islands are politically divided into two crown dependencies, based on two local, traditional administrative divisions.
Though the islands have been politically British for a long time, culturally and linguistically, they show a mixture of past influences (in particular a Norman and French influence, including in local dialects).
In alphabetical order. Only a few of the larger islands are permanently inhabited.
The islands are politically divided into two crown dependencies, based on the two major traditional bailwicks of the islands. One of the bailwicks is centered on Guernsey and the other on Jersey.
General discussions about the history and geography of the islands. For POD discussions, please see the link in the following section.