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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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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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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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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Tommy Robinson Breaks 100-Yard Record But Not Recognised Due To Wind 1958

To Bahamians in 1958, it probably sounded an awful lot like the Empire cheated local boy sprinter, Tommy Robinson, out …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“In the hour of peril the people of the Bahamas earned the gratitude of the British nations…” 1942

Never let it be said that, in its history when the call came, The Bahamas did not answer. For it …
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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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£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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …
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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 …
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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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“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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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 …
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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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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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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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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 …
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Christmas in Nassau 1884

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