£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 …
Read More

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, …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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, …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

Prophetic Words 1942

Every so often, a few articles, editorials and commentaries, appearing in Bahamian newspapers, would carry cryptic words and foreboding messages …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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, …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

Chinese People of Nassau Celebrate their Independence Day 1961

As early as 1863, the British were discussing the idea of introducing Chinese labourers into the Bahamas. The islands needed …
Read More

Pindling and Wallace-Whitfield: From Allies To Bitter Enemies 1968

Lynden Pindling was good enough to get them all to the Promised Land. The Promised Land of historically significant political …
Read More

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 …
Read More

“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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

‘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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

“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 …
Read More

Bimini Boxing Sensation “Yama Bahama” 1956

From highs to lows to highs to contentment, that might characterise the incredible life of William Butler, better known as …
Read More

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 …
Read More

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.” …
Read More

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 …
Read More

A Problem with History – What are we really celebrating at John Canoe?

In the Bahamas, at some point in its not too distant past, the native fete of John Canoe, the dance …
Read More

Christmas in Nassau 1884

Christmas in New Providence, in the bygone era of 1884, was different in some ways and similar in many ways, …
Read More

Conchological Society of New Providence

Oddly enough, the Conchological Society of New Providence founded around 1939, was an offshoot of the oldest of such societies …
Read More

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 …
Read More

Finding love at the Dance Assemblies Nassau 1797

Where were respectable, genteel single men, of Bahamian high society supposed to find social amusements, as well as, be able …
Read More

“Wampus” Bahamian shoes made from car tyres 1942

The 1940’s was a desperate time, in terms of economics, for the Bahamas. Times were at their worst during the …
Read More

Rev. James A. Edden two bronze stars for valor WWII and Korean War 1960

There are some life stories just leave you amazed. Some stories remind what incredible contributions people across the globe have …
Read More

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 …
Read More

“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 …
Read More

“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 …
Read More

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, …
Read More

The Big Clean Up 1798

It is quite a thing to consider that even in 1798, the early Bahamians of the late 18th century, littered …
Read More

The Big Clean-Up of Nassau – 1963

Long before the present day debates about the public dump, recycling, preserving the environment and climate change; the haphazard throwing …
Read More

Florida resident competes for Bahamas in the Olympics 1976

By 1976, the Bahamas had only ever won two Olympic medals in all of its history and nothing since 1964 …
Read More

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 …
Read More

Nassau, Bahamas, March 13, 1947

Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, has long embodied a unique charm which has beckoned writers, from all over …
Read More

Duff is not that much Bahamian after all

Guava Duff is a popular desert in the Bahamas. You often hear Bahamians today saying, that many aspire to, but …
Read More
Conch Salad: Traditional Bahamian Dish

“Culture to the Bahamian is like the beating heart at rest. It’s just there. Under the surface.  Ready to be touched and felt and appreciated at any time.”

Junkanoo Parade on Boxing Day