Guano once an Important Natural Resource in the Bahamas 1874

Arguably, some have proffered that the islands of the Bahamas, have not been favoured with an abundance of natural resources ...
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Penultimate British Governor and Commander in Chief the Bahamas, 8th Baron Thurlow 1968

On August 3, 1968, the British press announced the appointment of a new Governor and Commander in Chief for the ...
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After a Difficult Year, Bahamas branded a ‘disgrace’ Medically to British Empire 1926

The Bahamas has long been accustomed to the hit and run disparaging comments of foreigners. Harsh words from those of ...
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The Tragic Death of Walter Ferdinand Bethell M.L.A., 1908

Walter Ferdinand Bethell was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Bahamas. Not very much is known about him ...
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Was Maud Culmer the first Bahamian Female World Explorer? 1922

White women have been largely overlooked, in the history of the Bahamas. In the early era of Bahamian time, white ...
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Annie, the Little Girl Sent to Athol Island to Die 1889

In 1889, when it came to a choice between a sick little girl, and the welfare of the entire island ...
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“You are my n****r, if you move I’ll stab you.” Then he did. 1884

On Saturday, 25th October, 1884, shortly after 9:00 pm, on East Bay Street, John Gray Darville, the younger, wilfully murdered ...
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House Speaker Asa H. Pritchard rules unsolved murder question as “out of order” 1959

By 1959, the unsolved murder count, for the Bahamas, had been steadily climbing. It was a fact, which minority members ...
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Eight Months For Putting Infant’s Hand in Fire 1942

A shocking case of child cruelty was heard in the Bahamas Supreme Court on Monday January 26, 1942. Diana Johnson ...
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The Oakes Murder: Were Two More People Killed To Hide A Dark Secret of Homosexuality? 1943

Toss away every notion, every preconception, you may have about the Bahamas, in the 1940s. Put every idea, as far ...
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Member of the House of Assembly Indicted in US for drug trafficking 1944

According to a New York Federal Grand Jury indictment, as early as 1940, a Bahamian Member of Parliament, was involved ...
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Lord Rolle Complaining About Having to Feed Slaves in Exuma 1834

Lord John Rolle was one angry beast of a man in 1834. Not only was forced to free his slaves, ...
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Twenty-seven Houses Plundered and Burned Harbour Island 1814

At least Captain Alexander Thompson gave a reason. It was a lie though. Some privateers just burned and plundered, then ...
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Cannibalism on Ginger Key 1813

A ship out of Baltimore, sailing from Charleston, found itself wrecked, on a deserted key in the Bahamas. Without food ...
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Four Little Boys Lost At Sea Forever Acklins 1971

The thing is, by the time the alarm was raised, and by the time the sound of the alarm reached ...
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Taxing negro and mulatto slaves to pay for free white apprentices Nassau 1790

The late 1700s, saw the beginnings of a significant historical population expansion in the islands. By 1790, with the influx ...
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Buy a piece of Freeport for just $149.95 in 1969

A deal struck in 1966, for the Mary Carter Paint Company to buy Paradise Island from Huntington Hartford, began a ...
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Ten Crash Victims Recovered, Clifton Pier, Nassau 1954

One of the worst American Naval disasters, to occur in the Caribbean, happened in Nassau, just 200 yards off Clifton ...
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Who Changed Woodes Rogers’s motto? 1940

We have a peculiar historical mystery here. Who changed Woodes Rogers's historic words, originally inscribed on the great seal of ...
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“A colony was as near being dead as a living body may be” but then came liquor 1920

Historically speaking, there is one inescapable fact, the Bahamas, has profited immensely from various forms of smuggling. From pirates in ...
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Murder, Robbery, Slapping and Cussing – Crime 1963

Bahamians traditionally don't like the rain. They are spoiled by all the year round sunshine that often turns the sea ...
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Robert Lee Vesco was the Real Cancer That Took Down Pindling 1973

Sir Lynden Pindling, the first Prime Minister of the Bahamas, died on August 26, 2000, after a long battle with ...
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An enduring legacy by a man who once lived in a cave in Abaco 1974

A statue depicting an Afro-Bahamian mother and child, was unveiled on 11th August 1974, in Rawson Square. A figure of ...
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13,500 Illegal Haitian Immigrants Register to Go Back Home 1974

On Thursday 22nd. April, 1971, Haitians across The Bahamas were taking to the streets to celebrate the death of Haitian ...
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Blurred Lines between Business and Politics 1964

On Monday 27th April 1964, when the announcement was made in England and America that the Bahamas Premier, The Prime ...
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First White Men Hung in the Bahamas in 200 years 1961

Around 7:00 am, on Tuesday, May 9th., 1961, as the sun was climbing higher and higher in the clear blue ...
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Kelly Island renamed Arawak Cay, Nassau 1969

Oddly enough, it was a deal signed with mobsters, gangsters, hidden figures and front men, for Paradise Island that enabled ...
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‘Man why you so fool’ A Comedy of Errors 1918

'Man why you so fool' is a popular Bahamianese saying, in response to acts of stupendous stupidity. In 1918, a ...
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“Not prepared to be a paid politician” Sands quits UBP and Bahamas forever 1967

Stafford Sands entered Bahamian politics in 1937. This was in an era before Members of the Assembly, were paid, and ...
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Leprosy in the Bahamas 1905

In 1905, leprosy was a rampant, incurable disease everywhere it struck, including in the Bahamas. Leprosy, also known as Hansen's ...
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Armbrister Shoes, Bay Street, Nassau 1908

In 1908, shops on Bay Street, had the monopoly on retail fashion. That's where you went to buy everything from ...
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“And I tell you watch them children” 1916 and 1947

"And I tell yinna watch dem chirren." You can almost hear it now, the frantic, desperate cries of a Bahamian ...
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Bahamian claims he was Al Capone’s lieutenant on Grand Bahama 1962

"Shotgun John" Smith claimed he was Scarface Capone's lieutenant, on Grand Bahama, during the rum running years. And he had ...
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Al ‘Scarface’ Capone buys Bahamas island but forbidden to live there 1929

Only those who had been living under a rock, in the 1920s, didn't know who 'Scarface' Al Capone was. Al ...
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Oh Lawd! Sweet Richard Gone 1964

When someone has 'gone', in Bahamianese language, that means they have died. And when someone dies, that is time for ...
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Bahamas considers pegging currency with Canada 1947

Between 1900 to 1950, while the Bahamas had its own economic problems, it almost paled in comparison to what was ...
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The first Bahamas Flying Treasure Hunt 1963

By 1962, more than 9,000 private planes had landed, in various ports, within the Bahamas. This was a new record ...
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Heart attack or Poisoned? Governor dies in the living room of Government House 1950

Without a doubt, the sudden death of Governor George Ritchie Sanford, sent shockwaves across the islands. He was a middle-aged ...
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A Solution to the Unemployed Son-in-Law, Make daughter Governor of Bahamas 1960

In 1960, the Royal Family had a serious public relations problem. Their newly married Princess Margaret, then 30 had a ...
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“Nazi” group forms in Nassau 1961

The Bahamas has had its share of foreigners over the centuries, that's for sure. People from all over the world ...
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“He is a grumbler and a gossip” Bahamian Creoles 1861

Colonial Governors were required to submit extensive reports on the economic and social progress of their respective colonies. They were ...
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P. H. Burns marries Mary Knowles, a rich planter’s daughter Nassau 1893

Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) must correct one small detail on its company's history page. They've made a mistake on the ...
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Public Bank Fails Government borrows to repay depositors 1885

Whether 2017 or 1885, no matter what year, in whatever century, the lending policies of the government bank was always ...
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Tradition of the Curfew Nassau 1888

The curfew bell was a long held English tradition. During the Medieval Period, the curfew bell was rung as a ...
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“The New Bahamian is an uncouth boor” says UBP Cleophas Adderley 1968

Critically labelled as a negro government, the world waited with baited breath, for what many saw as the PLPs impending ...
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Roland Symonette to Randol Fawkes “Name your terms. Whatever it is, we will meet it” January 1967

They say the UBP was so confident of the outcome of the January 10, 1967 general elections that Symonette didn't ...
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Arsonists try to kill that old African Alladay Adderley, Nassau 1884

When Alex Hailey was finally able to find the name of his ancestor, Kunta Kinte, in the historical records, he ...
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Built by Government, Royal Victoria Hotel for sale 1877

By 1861, twenty-seven years after the end of slavery, the Bahamas government was in a desperate place, money wise. Once ...
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He said he had money. He lied. She get swing 1890

This story of misbegotten love, reminds me of that song by Bahamian artist Eddie Minnis "Straighten Up and Fly Right." ...
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Governor For Less Than Five Months 1881

You can always tell which governors made very little impact or who served very short terms, in administrative office, in ...
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Armed guards to protect Columbus statue Nassau 1832

Governor James Carmichael-Smyth was governor of the Bahamas from 1829-1833. He was a much despised and hated man, for no ...
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Married by 13. A toothless hag by 35. Hope Town, Abaco women 1890

Disclaimer: We didn't write this. They did. So the ladies of Abaco need not write to us in protest. Who ...
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Monument to Confederate General Stonewall Jackson erected in Nassau 1864

In 2017, there was much controversy over old built monuments to people who, despite whatever personal accomplishments were racist, or ...
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Movie about racial inequality on British island banned 1957

There is a kind of running joke, among some, that after a black majority government came to power in the ...
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Bahamas cook included on Queen’s honours list 1968

It is somewhat incredible to consider that the same Queen, Her Royal Highness Elizabeth II, who in 1968, conferred some ...
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Three stolen Bahamians Throw Slaveship Captain Overboard 1795

For the rest of human time, and for every generation of Bahamians yet to come, this story, of three Bahama ...
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Inagua Riot began with arrest of child abuser ends with two hangings 1937

In August 1937, two brothers, and a large group of men, terrorised the quiet island of Great Inagua, resulting in ...
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Holy Ghost visits San Salvador 1885

In January 1886, a most extraordinary story appeared in the London Times. A parish Rector wrote about a strange occurrence ...
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Love in 1928

In 1928, in America interracial marriage was against the law. Everyone knew this. The national prohibition on interracial marriages would ...
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Are there no Bahamians to fill this position? Dr. Alonzo P. Holly, first president of the first boy’s industrial school in the Bahamas, who happened to be Haitian 1904

Sometimes, if one reads the current news, there are some who attempt to give every impression that the Bahamas has ...
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David Biggs, of Congo Buta, New Providence, died by the visitation of God 1884

Medicine was far from an exact science in the 1800s. Death was as much a mystery, as was life. For ...
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The ‘We March’ and ‘Freedom March’ of 1904

There is a saying, which offers something to the effect that, there is nothing new under the sun. It may ...
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Elliott Roosevelt, son of former American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, implicated in plot to kill Bahamian Prime Minister Lynden Pindling 1973

On Tuesday September 18, 1973, a convicted swindler sat before a United States Senate SubCommittee and implicated the son of ...
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“Income tax and Birth Control” so recommends a royal commission report 1942

When some 2,000 angry negro labourers rioted on June 1st, 1942, the destruction which ensued triggered an immediate investigation by ...
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Bahamas Supreme Court hears the case of the “slap” 1952

The Bahamas Supreme Court hears death penalty cases, treaty disputes and complex disputes of company law; but in 1952, the ...
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“We your Majesty’s dutiful and loyal subjects Natives of Africa” Grants Town, 1835

It is somewhat incredible, when one considers the speed in which a mutual savings scheme, a Friendly Society, was organised ...
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“Hice up the John B. sail” by Austin Ira Destoup 1927

The work of Austin Ira Destoup (1883-1956), a Bahamian constable, composer and pianist, sits in the British Library, as well ...
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The longest and stormiest House of Assembly session. Monday January 27, 1958

January 1958 was a tumultuous month for the Bahamas. It is little wonder that when they met at 8:15 pm ...
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Pronounced dead before he actually was, or alive after he was actually dead Governor John Tinker, 1758

It's really nothing to laugh at, but Bahamians since that time, love to rush to report when someone has died, ...
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What was the Bahamian Progressive League the first negro led political party? 1915

It may have been the first world war and serious global events swirling around, and engulfing the colonies, which started ...
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Duke of Windsor dedicates a park and names it after himself. Nassau, October 1943

The abdicated king of England, the Duke of Windsor spent World War Two, as far away from England, as the ...
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Articles of Capitulation. The Bahamas surrenders to the Spanish, 8th May 1782

The ancient proverb, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," is never more true than in war. Few remember ...
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No sympathy for a near bankrupt Bahamas. July 1870

By 1870, The Bahamas had again fallen on hard economic times. Once lucrative industries like wrecking and the recent good ...
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Who blew up the bus? January, 1958

Without the combustion power of dynamite, New Providence could not have been developed. Dynamite blew holes in the massive hills ...
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“If there is trouble, let it be in my day so that my children may be free” Randol Fawkes, September 1958

By 1958, Randol Fawkes had already found his life's calling and had begun a long, arduous walk into the history ...
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Bahamian negroes killed in riot in Mexico 1900

When 1,000 Bahamian negro labourers were imported into Mexico, to help build the railroad, everyone knew there would be trouble ...
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Largest Tree In the World – Nassau 1900

In 1900, the largest tree in the world, sat in the public square in Nassau. It was called the "Hurricane ...
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Former slave, Grace Lord, run down by carriage on her way from Emancipation Day jubilee in Fox Hill 1866

On August 8, 1866, the Nassau Herald noted that the festivities in Fox Hill for the August Emancipation Day observance, ...
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Slave plantation 1792, up for sale again 74 years later!

Many generational fortunes, which came to underpin the wealth of untold European and American families,  were made in the West ...
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Briton Eaneas charged with wilfully attempting to decrease the population of New Providence. 1866

On August 25, 1866, in the Bahama Islands newspaper, there were two stories of suicide. Two men. One black, a ...
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Saratoga, Hog Island, Winter Tourism 1910

By 1910, the entrepreneurial stirrings of trying to create a 'paradise island' for the cold and weary in America, were ...
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The Execution of Murderess Susan Tait (part 2/2)

The execution of Susan Tait, a sisal cleaner, happened on 20th August 1909. After the trial, the death sentence handed ...
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The Execution of murderess Susan Tait (part 1/2)

When two women, who worked at the local sisal cleaning house not far from Bay Street, got into a fight ...
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Boot Blacks, Sponger Boys using foul language – time for a Reformatory School 1909

There was a time when the use of foul language, on the streets, on any of the islands in the ...
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Black UBPs who ran in the 1960 by-elections (part 2/2)

The social and political order in 1960 had largely been in place since the first British appointed Governor, Woodes Rogers, ...
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Black UBPs who ran in the 1960 elections (part 1/2)

The UBP (United Bahamian Party) officially announced its formation on 1st March 1958. They formed themselves out of the sitting ...
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Dynamite explosion in house on Augusta Street, 1925

Statistically speaking, most accidents happen in the home. Statistically speaking, humans often do silly things without thinking. Sometimes, these silly ...
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Sammy Davis Jr. refused service in Bahamas restaurant

The year was 1962, and it was a hot summer's day in late July, when Sammy Davis Jr., the American ...
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Stafford Sands Won’t Discuss Bank Accounts August 1967

When the year 1967 dawned in the Bahamas, no one in the country could have imagined  how it would end ...
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Amnesty offered to Runaway Slaves 1792

1792 seemed to be a defining year in the Bahamas. It was a year which saw new pieces of legislation ...
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Slave Whipper Wanted

The discipline of slaves was not a job taken lightly. In fact, there were those whose chief occupation was that ...
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Bahama Islands Extract from AN ACT for regulating the hire of SLAVES, CARTS, WAGGONS, and DRAYS, and for other purposes therein mentioned 1800

The beginning of the 1800s saw various governors and members of the Assembly attempting to bring a measure of order ...
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Looking for Love Nassau Bahamas 1800

Many of the early settlers and planters to the Bahamas in the 18th and early 19th centuries were men. And ...
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Founder of the Ardastra Gardens, the only zoo in the Bahamas

On Friday September 5th, 2017 as the killer Category 5 hurricane Irma was barreling across the Atlantic Ocean toward the ...
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Negroes Found Starving on Key Romano

The transatlantic slave journey is littered with untold stories of the dead, and near dead, who were taken by force, ...
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The Obituary of Stephen Dillet, the first coloured member of the House of Assembly (2)

The second obituary of Stephen Dillet makes no mention of the fact that he originally came from Saint Domingo (renamed ...
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The Obituary of Stephen Dillet, the first coloured member of the House of Assembly (1)

The death of Stephen Dillet, the first coloured man in the Assembly earned two  obituaries. One in The Nassau Times, ...
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3 million years ago THE PLEISTOCENE ICE AGE

Believe it or not, even the last ice age had a profound influence in forming the Bahama Islands. For about 2 ...
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An Act to alter the name of Potter’s Field Burial Ground to The Western Cemetery 1906

With history, there is always a story behind the story. And the significance of changing the name of a burial ...
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HOUSE REJECTS NEGRO AS DEPUTY SPEAKER 1958

When the chair of Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly became vacant, a junior member for the South, a ...
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Cyril Stevenson, co-founder of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) of the Bahamas and prolific newspaper publisher.

Cyril St. John Stevenson, a dynamic figure during incredible times. Stevenson was born just a decade after the turn of ...
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His Royal Highness Prince Philip of England on official visit to the Bahamas 1959

Official visits to the Bahamas have always involved a considerable level of spectacular pomp and circumstance. This was never more ...
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Pompey Dala, the deed of indentured apprenticeship for a 10 year old boy

In 1807, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the The Slave Trade Act, on 25 March 1807. The act ...
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The “hardest working man in show business” is in the house! 1963

"PLEASE, please, please take note: JAMES BROWN, arrived yesterday" so reported the Nassau Guardian in 1963.  Nassau, in the 1960s, ...
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Leon Walton Young MP – A question of citizenship and solvency

A little over 100 years ago, in 1915, the House of Assembly was thrown into crisis. What had been discovered, was ...
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Charlottesville, Virginia and Charlottesville, Bahamas

Conquest and Colonialism somehow links us all. Britain was once a truly vast empire. It's influence and legacy still links ...
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How a fateful stroke in an island paradise changed the US Supreme Court

After only a few hours in paradise to celebrate the new year, a stroke fell a Supreme Court justice. Justice ...
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1916 – When spreading fake news was against the law in the Bahama Islands

In 1916, an early 20th century  Bahamas could not have imagined how it would grow and change and evolve, into ...
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After emancipation, there was once a place named Freetown, Eleuthera

The word ‘free’ once held a particularly special place in the hearts of black people across the Bahama Islands, during ...
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The Bahamian Member of Parliament who was an MP for only six short weeks 1962

General elections are always exciting times in the Bahamas. Like all those that have transpired, elections are always filled with ...
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Happy Constitution Day Bahama Islands!

Lost in the annals of time is one of the most momentous days in Bahamian history, the day the colony ...
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TIME in History ~ 1647 A.D.

1647 - The first European settlement of the Bahamas Governors of the Bahamas1648 - William Sayle 1661 - Nathanial Sayle ...
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TIME IN HISTORY 1492 A.D.

October 12, 1492 - Christopher Columbus discovers the Bahamas This is the incredible point in the history of the islands, ...
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THE LIMESTONE ROCK OF THE BAHAMAS

THE LIMESTONE ROCK 200 million years ago PREHISTORIC BAHAMAS As we walk along the shores and the beaches, as we ...
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