The Men Who Built Rock Sound, Eleuthera In A Pre-Independent Bahamas 1940 (part one)

Rock Sound, Eleuthera was once known as Wreck Sound. It was called Wreck Sound during the ferocious pirate years when ...
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“Wasn’t Me. One White Man Did It” Said Negro Church Deacon Convicted Of Extortion Of The Widow of Sir Harry Oakes 1950

In the Bahamas, prior to 1950, the word extortion was probably used as much as the word Jupiter. Few knew ...
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What do Jehovah’s Witnesses, Rock Concerts and Ziggy Marley’s Band All Have in Common in the Bahamas?

As it relates to The Bahamas, what do Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Concerts and Ziggy Marley's Band all have in common? ...
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800 Slaves Sacrificed in Tribute on the Death of GEZO the Great Slave King of Dahomey 1858

For the Bahamas, there are many reasons, hundreds, probably a few thousand reasons why it's negro descendants of liberated African ...
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Slavery Across The British West Indies (part 3) Wife Jealous of the Bed Wench Jamaica 1786

It was in 1655, under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector, that the British took Jamaica from the ...
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Cascarilla of the Bahamas Was Once the Marijuana of the Early 1900s

With all the brouhaha surrounding Jamaica and its new medical marijuana export industry, it is easy to forget that the ...
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Dundas Civic Center – Training Negroes For A New Style Plantation 1931

Many contentious arguments have been made over the years, that the Bahamas seemingly traded one plantation type existence for another, ...
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Battle Lines Drawn Over Control of Freeport 1969

In 1969, regarding the battle over Freeport, a London paper wrote, "Black power is an element, certainly, in the Bahamas ...
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Cotton Tree Law – Blessed Be The Law of the Elders

Apparently, the Great Silk Cotton Tree, that once stood on Bay Street, came from South Carolina courtesy of a British ...
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Lynden Pindling and Adam Clayton Powell and the One Share Which Almost Derailed The Quiet Revolution 1967

In January 1967, just as negro Bahamians were celebrating a pinnacle point, in their quiet revolution for political and economic ...
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Spree Killer Murders 6 People, Wounds 6, Then Kills Himself Nassau 1964

On Wednesday, May 20th., 1964, around 7:00 p.m. or so in the evening, somewhere in Over-the-Hill, Nassau, Rueben Rolle, a ...
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Slavery Across the British West Indies (part 2) Two Young Boys Get One Hundred Lashes Each Over A Pair of Stockings – Nevis 1817

During slavery, there was one singular, openly declared, and lawfully protected rule in the West Indies. It was that the ...
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Slavery Across the British West Indies (part 1) – Master Who Killed His Slave Because He Allowed A Mango To Fall From His Tree – Tortola 1811

A most important question has been posed to Bahamianology.com - "What was slavery like in other British colonies and around ...
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World’s First Under The Sea Post Office Nassau Bahamas 1939

The Photosphere was so famous that the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, came to the Bahamas, to see ...
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Off The Streets If Your Shorts Are Too Short 1942

You wouldn't think it looking around Nassau today, but there was once a very strict dress code in place, in ...
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Intimidation and Terrorism By The New Loyalists On New Providence 1784

In 1784, the Loyalists began a campaign of intimidation, bordering on terrorism, in Nassau. What else would you call a ...
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Husband Finds Wife In Bed With Another Man Then Slices Lover’s Ears Off on Grand Bahama 1824

John D. Smith of Grand Bahama was one angry white man in 1824. Smith had only one thing on his ...
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Two Bahamian Negroes Killed By Miami Police 1927/1928

In the southern States of America, of the early 1900s, the Bahamian negro encountered a form of vicious racism and ...
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Oil Drilling Rights Given To Company Headed By Former FBI Agent and Person Active in the Formation of the State of Israel 1958

In 1958, as the situation in Cuba was becoming increasingly unstable, the Bahamas government gave land drilling rights, to a ...
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The Spanish Take Andros Island October 1741

In the year 1741, the Spanish were making a right nuisance of themselves in the Bahamas. No doubt they were ...
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Planters of Spencer’s Bite, Abaco Grateful for Return of Runaway Slaves 1788

Truth was, the Bahamas, may not have survived as a colony, if it had not been for the incursion of ...
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Did Slavery Sympathisers In Nassau Hide Lincoln’s Assassin John Wilkes Booth 1898

There are some secrets in history, so heinous that if true, are better left sewn up in the lips of ...
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Lynching – An Unexpected Impediment to the US Takeover of the British West Indies 1922

Of all the factors to become an impediment to the US acquisition of some, if not all, of the British ...
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Kirkland Wiley Todd Questionably Founder of Bahamas Red Cross Dies 1982

According to the obituary of Kirkland Wiley Todd of Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, and of the estate of "The Kopje" (the ...
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Independence cried the Merchant Class But It Was Only Whiskey Talking 1921

About half a century before 1973, an inebriated call for independence rang out, from the merchant class in the Bahamas ...
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14 Whites Injured by 12 Negroes Who Cause Terror Freeport 1968

Freeport, Grand Bahama was envisioned as the ultimate island utopia, by its creator, Wallace Groves. Groves wanted to create a ...
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An Attempt To Attract Negro Tourists To A Segregated Bahamas 1955

By 1955, the Bahamas began to make a concerted effort of sorts to attract American negroes, as tourists, to Nassau ...
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Briton Eneas, a Slave Boy Kidnapped from Nigeria and Great Grand Father of Dr. Cleveland Eneas 1977

In 1976, the late Dr. Cleveland Eneas published his story entitled "Bain Town" which detailed, among other things, his family's ...
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Blacks Celebrate Freedom Whites Celebrate Enlightenment – Emancipation Day 1937

Somewhere along the historical line, Emancipation Day, in the Bahamas, became considered a negro holiday. Oddly enough, this was not ...
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Smallest Woman in the World Isabella Pinder of Spanish Wells 1895

Isabella Pinder, 35 years old, was only thirty-six inches tall. The world would have never even known she existed, if ...
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Poor white t… and the N-word. When Spanish Wells and Harbour Island inhabitants hated each other 1894

By 1894, the acrimony which existed between the two settlements of Harbour Island and Spanish Wells was most definitely between ...
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The Murder Clock Starts Ticking 12:01 am July 10, 1973

Murder and other forms of violent crime, in the Bahamas, had historically been seen as a malignant, but limited social ...
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Brits Give £50,000 to Bahamas to Grow a Weed 1943

Sansevieria, or devil's tongue, is an ugly plant. It is green for sure, but that's about it. Spiders, and other ...
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Largest Drug Seizure In History, Deep Water Cay 1975

In August 1975, when U.S. Customs and narcotics enforcement agencies confirmed the weight of the 1,049 bales of marijuana found ...
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“Tourists are like any other commodity. You have to buy them” Stafford Sands 1961

From Stafford Sands himself, we learn how the Bahamas became fixed on the economic trajectory it is traveling today. According ...
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Obscure Negro Grocer Runs For Assembly Against Millionaire Harry Oakes 1938

In 1938, Milo Butler, was an obscure negro grocer. Butler, described by all who knew him as a seriously religious ...
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Howard Hughes Leases Cay Sal From Company Owned by Roland T. Symonette 1957

In 1956, the Cay Sal islets, then part of Bahamian crown lands, covered about 200 useable acres. The group of ...
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A Bitterly Divided Bahamas Limps Towards Independence 1971

Nothing was more divisive, in the modern era of the Bahamas, than the question of independence. It created a climate ...
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Negro Life and Burdens of Emancipation 1888

By the year 1888, almost a whole generation had come and gone since emancipation, and the shameful apprenticeship system, which ...
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Policeman Who Pretended To Still Be In High School To Play Basketball 1975

Sports, in all its forms, has long been notoriously riddled with accusations of cheating. Amateur high school sports is no ...
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News of Negro Freedom Arrives at Turks Island 1838

Many forget that the Turks and Caicos Islands were once part of the Bahama chain. When the Bahamas gained independence ...
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Anti-Explosives Bill Passed After Terrorist Bombing Nassau 1958

The 1958 bombing of the Royal Victoria Hotel in Nassau, and the hurriedly passed government anti-terrorism bill, tells us one ...
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White American Marries Bahama Negro Then Are Run Out of American Town 1960

In 1960, when Alice Moss, 40, a native of Dover, Ohio, residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, married Kenneth H. Moss ...
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Bahamas Gets British Convicts as Labourers and Settlers 1856

In 1856, despite there being thousands upon thousands of unskilled negro labourers languishing outside huts, and lazing aimlessly in the ...
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Key West Population Half Bahama Negroes and One Quarter “Conchs” 1888

Bahamians were apparently leaving the islands in droves in the years after the American Civil War. They were headed to ...
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When “Numbers” Was The Most Dangerous Game For Negroes 1961

With the legalisation of the once underground gambling racket in the Bahamas, called 'Numbers,' it is easy to forget just ...
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When the Top Cops in the Bahamas Were British 1960

A Government of the Bahamas advertisement, in The Guardian (London) on 28th June 1960, for two Assistant/Deputy Superintendents of the ...
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600 Liquor Licences for 60,000 Nassau Population 1961

On September 20, 1961, Chairman of the Licensing Authority, Magistrate Maxwell J. Thompson, denied new applications for liquor licenses on ...
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Bahamian Invention Patented To Grow Artificial Sponges 1927

Back in the days when the Bahamian hotel season last only for the few winter months of the year (December ...
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Deputy Speaker Frank Christie Resigns Over 12 Counts of Election Bribery and Corruption 1956

Since the Loyalist years in the late 1700s, which changed the balance of power in the Bahamas, the direct descendants ...
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Bulla and Boo: Man Who Had No Age and Boy Maybe 18 Hanged Nassau 1942

On Tuesday May 12, 1942, the Bahamas executed two men. They were hanged at His Majesty's Prison, the Nassau Prison ...
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Real Estate Men Were Kings and Everyone Else Selfish and Narrow 1940

There was a time, when real estate men, in the Bahamas, were veritable kings. They were the fat cats who ...
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Daughter Living With Body of Dead Mother, Nassau 1866

The line between being eccentric and insane can be both razor thin, or as wide as the seas. A thin ...
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Burma Road Riot: Secret Race War in Whites Only Sears Addition 1942

Something happened, in Nassau, on the Monday evening of June 1, 1942 moving into the early morning of June 2, ...
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Burma Road Riot: R. T. Symonette among Curfew Breakers 1942

British troops were deployed, across areas of Bay Street, from the very first evening of the riot, The riot has ...
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Burma Road Riot: 5 Negroes Shot Dead and 30 White Men Injured 1942

The reality of the Burma Road Riot has been largely buried under folklore and legend. This is really how all ...
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Burma Road Riot: Duke becomes known as ‘Sweet Papa HRH’ 1942

To many alive today, in the Bahamas, the first political leader called "Papa" by the Bahamian people was former Prime ...
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Burma Road Riot: Conspiracy of the Fifth Columnist 1942

Was there a "Fifth Columnist" secretly in play, in the Bahamas, in 1942? Was a "Fifth Columnist," spy or agitator, ...
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Burma Road Riot: Alfred “Sweet Potato” Stubbs one of the stupidest men in Bahamian history 1942

On June 1, 1942, a riot on the streets of Nassau was never supposed to happen. A world war was ...
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Burma Road Riot: Where Did the Name Come From? 1942

The Burma Road Riot carved out an indelible place in Bahamian history. The same way rushing water can carve a ...
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An Early Reference to Goombay from Haiti 1899

Many Bahamians have proffered a long held idea that Goombay was uniquely homegrown. From the celebration festival, to the very ...
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Papers Relative to the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies – Bahama Apprentices Buy Freedom

For the most part, slaves in the British colonies, after emancipation, were not made completely free. Only slaves below the ...
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Only White Woman on Eleuthera dubbed Queen of the Island 1930

Everyone knows that the press can make or break a reputation. The press can give status, and they can take ...
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Life Sentence for Rape of White Woman plus Three Years for Robbery 1950

On Thursday July 20, 1950 the Bahamas judicial system achieved a first for the colony. On that day, it was ...
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May 24th Empire Day! When We Celebrated Being British

May 24th was once a very important day in the Bahamas. It was Empire Day! Jolly Good and Hurrah!! The ...
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Her Majesty Queen Ophelia, Queen of the South Crowned in Nassau 1884

Royal families have existed, all around the world, for as long as man had begun to live in collective communities ...
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Governor of Bahamas Lord Dunmore Takes Hog Island for Himself 1791

Beginning with Woodes Rogers, one thing can be said of most, if not all, of the early colonial governors. They ...
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Bahamas Gives Unequivocal “No” to Federation 1947

The Bahamas was always wary, of forming certain types of collectivist alliances, with its Caribbean neighbours. There were many reasons ...
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Blood Money for Bahamian Negro Killed by Cuban Cannon 1908

In the heyday of what was an incredibly profitable international trade in turtle shells, the Bahamas, was once king. Turtles ...
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Mango, Breadfruit, Ball Apple (Watermelon) and other trees Introduced to Bahamas 1789

Well, that settles that. That, of course, being the long standing debate over what, and what was not indigenous to ...
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An Early push for “Bahamianization” 1894

When the first seeds of "Bahamianization" were liberally sewn in the early 1970s, it was given the same reception as ...
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When even the Dog Inspector was an Expat 1954

Arguably, there is one area of island life which has long been the unfettered domain of the white, and expatriate ...
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No home! No hair! No teeth! Dogs in Nassau 1895

Travel writing was an emerging field of journalism in the mid 1800s. Winter tourism was also just emerging for the ...
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Knaur Flees Colony then Stafford Sands hires him in New York 1959

What Peter Knaur, the short-lived UBP propagandist, did not realise about Bahamians, was that they had a long history, of ...
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Peter Knaur and that infamous UBP Master Plan 1959

In September 1958, journalist and freelance writer, Peter Knaur, and his new employers, ensured that newspapers across America carried the ...
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Magistrate to prostitute ‘You can’t bribe two constables with 4 shillings’ 1942

It is a strange, but nevertheless true socio-anthropological fact that you can learn a lot about a place, and its ...
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Rescued Yoruba and Egbar Slaves Arrive in Nassau May 4th., 1838

"A ni ominira!" is Yoruba for "We are free!" On 4th May, 1838, one thousand and forty three (1,043) Yoruba ...
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Favourite Names in the Bahamas 1888

"What's in a name" Shakespeare asked. And, the American comedian W. C. Fields once said, "It ain't what they call ...
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Haunted Goal in Inagua 1889

The Bahamas Negro, and his assumed wily ways became endless fodder for journalists, and writers in the 19th century. A ...
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Lewis, a Negro Hairdresser Owes His Master Money 1817

Slaves, with the permission of their masters, could work for themselves or be employed by others, only on the strict ...
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All African Labourers Report to African Board 1837

There were largely five factions of negroes in the Bahamas on 31st., July, 1834. There were slaves, there were free ...
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America to Britain ‘Give us the Bahamas to Settle War Debt’ 1938

In December 2014, just over one hundred years since World War I began, and ninety-six years since it had ended, ...
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£500,000 Government Farm Project Abandoned on Andros 1953

Self-sustaining food and livestock production has always been a difficult objective for the Bahamas. Throughout its modern history, one agricultural ...
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Bishop of Nassau Drowns on the way to his Sermon 1904

Anything can happen to anybody, as the saying goes. Good, bad and indifferent, life and death are unpredictable that's for ...
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First Controversial Appointment of a Wife to Public Office 1903

In 2018, when it was announced that the wife of Prime Minister Hubert Minnis would have her own office, to ...
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Iceberg seen in Bahamas 1818

Something very strange happened in 1818. The weather apparently to forget that it was supposed to be spring and summer ...
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One hundred Stubbs Slaves Escape to Haiti and Seventy Exuma Slaves illegally transported to Cuba 1822

For the 170 Bahama slaves who left the colony sometime in early 1822, (100 to Haiti and 70 to Cuba), ...
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Armed White Men and Trusted Slaves Protect Salt Trade Exuma 1742

Few people remember that in the 18th and early century, Exuma was once a major salt producer, for the Bahama ...
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“In the disgrace of humanity” whipping of the Rolle female slaves from Exuma 1830

If a slave ran away from his master, in the Bahama Islands, as quite a number of them did, there ...
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“But You Must Not Forget That At Present You Are Slaves” Nassau 1833

By rights, the 'You Are Still Slaves' Proclamation of 1833, should have been written, and read by Governor James Carmichael ...
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Bahamas Colonial Secretary Charged with Indecent Assault on Jamaican Maid 1962

Colonial Secretaries were appointed under recommendation by the British Parliament, with the formal requirements of the assent of the Crown ...
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Loyalists Seize Political Power in Nassau 1784

British Loyalists, after the American War of Independence, largely, had two choices. Britain offered them refuge in Canada or they ...
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Squalor, Huts, Rickets and Worms – Grant’s Town 1941

If one believes in such things as blessings, then consider that for The Bahamas, the appointment of the abdicated King, ...
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Dreams of Vineyards for Bahama Islands 1735

There were several half-hearted, well meaning attempts to colonise the Bahamas after the genocide of the native Lucayans. Pirates and ...
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Speaker of the House of Assembly Fined for Selling Overpriced Flour 1947

One of the biggest names in politics and business in the modern Bahamas, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Asa ...
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English Lawyer Ordered Deported Tries to Sue Bahamas 1947

In 1946, Walter Sidney Chaney, an English Barrister, had just landed his dream job. He was on his way to ...
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Bahamas Governor John Gregory born in Canterbury, England 1795

The historical significance of Canterbury to British history, is perhaps equal to the historical significance of an Arch, named after ...
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“Totally subversive to the rights of property” Bahamas Government on Abolition 1833

Much of the legal debate surrounding ending slavery in the British West Indies didn't turn on the question of morality, ...
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Bahamas Population 27,519 souls March 1851

The British newspapers didn't mince words. They noted, there was nothing of any real interest going on in the Bahamas, ...
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Spaniards Held Prisoners on Mayaguana 1905

On February 17, 1905, the inhabitants of Abraham Bay, on the southern coast of Mayaguana, couldn't believe their good fortune ...
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The Slavery Compensation Records 1838

The Slavery Compensation Records for the Bahamas make for interesting and sobering reading. There were 1,109 uncontested claims and 24 ...
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U.S. Federal Tax Lien Filed Against Roland T. Symonette 1935

It was American Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, who in 1789, said "but in this world nothing can be said ...
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Pan American Inaugurates New Plane Service To Nassau 1941

On Monday June 2, 1941, Sir Harry Oakes, Harold G. Christie and Roland Symonette stood in front of the new ...
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Erasing History – Where Have All the Freetowns gone? 1893

So far, we know the Bahamas had three. Could there have been more? There probably was. At some point in ...
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Patrick Henry Burns first Superintendent of Telegraph Dies 1930

P. H. Burns was, in his time, one of the most important men in the Bahamas. Patrick Henry Burns, an ...
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Prophetic Words 1942

Every so often, a few articles, editorials and commentaries, appearing in Bahamian newspapers, would carry cryptic words and foreboding messages ...
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Supposedly “No Jim Crow” on new Nassau Buses 1942

Jim Crow laws were a construct of the former confederate states. They were laws that enforced racial segregation in the ...
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Obituary of Mr. Raphael Manitz, a Chinese Nurse, Nassau 1904

In 1904, a man named Raphael Manitz, died in the New Providence Asylum. His death notice appeared in the 15th., ...
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BAHAMAS BLACKLISTED by Abraham Lincoln’s Government 1862

In February 1861, among the 34 U. S. states, seven Southern slave states decided to breakaway from the Union to ...
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When Tiny Tim came to Freeport on Honeymoon his Bride Wasn’t Old Enough to Drink 1969

Throughout history, for better or for worse, there have been many famous people, who possessed of little talent, somehow managed ...
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BAHAMAS BLACKLISTED 1926

There is much to be said, for the activities of a country, when even foreign criminals collectively decide to blacklist ...
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Nassau Boy Beaten For Not Picking Enough Cotton 1894

Whipping, beating and the wholesale corporal punishment of children did not begin, in modern human culture, with negro slavery. All ...
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Apprenticeship Was Slavery By Another Name 1836

There were tremendous difficulties with ending the legal institution of slavery, and most centred around the vast profits that were ...
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Grand Bahama Bank and Trust, the Bank Waiting For Jungle to be Cleared 1960

The Bahamas' reputation as an offshore tax haven was well earned from more than half century ago. Long before many ...
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Bahama Islands Raised To Rank of Diocese 1960

The Bahamas was designated an Apostolic Vicariate of the Catholic Church in 1941. The elevation from an Apostolic Vicariate, to ...
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Pindling’s Famous ‘Bend or Break’ Speech at Opening of Freeport Oil Refinery 1969

With all the controversy now swirling around OBAN, the second major oil refinery scheduled for Freeport, Grand Bahama in 2018, ...
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Policeman and Ex-Policeman Arrested for Kidnapping Four Year Old 1973

Two things must be said from the outset. First, policemen aren't supposed to be the perpetrators of the crimes they ...
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When the Americans Body Searched Finance Minister Carlton Francis He Barred All Americans from the Bahamas 1972

On Friday 21 January, 1972, then Finance Minister, The Honourable Carlton Francis, was subjected to a humiliating and degrading experience ...
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Bahamas Serial Killers (part 2): The “Angels of Lucifer” Killer 1974

One of the Bahamas' scariest serial killers, wasn't even Bahamian at all. He was only in the Bahamas on "bumming ...
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Bahamian Serial Killers – When Evil Walks Among Us (part one) 2003

In 2003, evil was visited on the shores of Grand Bahama. It tore at the very core of island's close ...
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On Brink of Starvation 1898, 1926, 1974

The dependency of the Bahamas on American food imports didn't just begin in the 20th century, as some may think ...
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Governor Sir Bede Clifford names Polo Field After Himself 1936

Iconic Clifford Park, the grassy knoll and historical venue where Bahamian national independence was first celebrated in 1973, was named ...
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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 EUROPE and RELIGION To understand why the first British settlers came ...
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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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