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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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‘One Big Rock Lick Him In He Head’ 2,000 Negroes Riot 1893

Grant’s Town, once largely swamp land, sits just on the doorsteps of the city limits of Nassau. As the 1800s …
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Murder or Suicide for Canadian Singer Collette Bonheur Grand Bahama 1966

When murder happens within the often exclusive confines of the expatriate community in the Bahamas, it always captures international headlines …
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Blockade Bahamas By Land, Sea and Air says Minister of National Security Loftus Roker 1987

The 1980s tore through the Bahamas like a Category 5 hurricane. Cocaine, the white plague, formed like an atmospheric depression, …
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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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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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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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“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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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Having Relations with Farm Animal 1942

This case was so bizarre for Nassau that whatever the details were, the newspapers must have decided not to report …
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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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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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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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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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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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Pindling Buys Three Hotels to Stop Closures 1974

In 1974, it wouldn’t have been the first time, in the history of the Bahamas, that the government had gone, …
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Shackled, peppered eyes, beaten to death, then Governor Grant tries to exonerate killers 1826

Kate lived on the plantation of her masters, Henry and Helen Moss on Crooked Island. Kate was a slave. She …
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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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George Doty, Nassau Negro Whipped by KKK 1921

For Bahamian negroes, in the diaspora, at the turn of the 20th century, life in South Florida, held many challenges …
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First charges of kidnapping for modern Bahamas 1938

Since the 19th century, the Du Pont family has certainly been one of the richest families in America. When Marguerite …
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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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Bahamas Director of Information given death sentence in Haiti 1968

In 1968, a most incredible espionage plot or just a moth-eaten yarn of nonsense, was unraveling right under the very …
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Murder of Walter Sims, Long Island 1835

When the body of Walter Sims, son of a prominent Long Island planter, is found smashed in pieces at the …
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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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Bahamian embassy official taken hostage Canada 1986

“He hasn’t hurt me but he has a gun to my head.” Clifford David Maltby had been serving a prison …
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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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L. W. Young voted out after 30 years in Assembly

Leon Walton Young can be credited for one thing before he was voted out after thirty years as an elected …
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Roland Symonette and Stafford Sands clash in the House of Assembly 1942

In January 1942, Stafford Sands got up in the General Assembly and proposed that the current sitting of the House …
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Plot to kill Police Chief B. K. Bonamy foiled 1992

Every so often, you come across a story which reminds you of that old time turn of phrase, many an …
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Bahamas General Hospital embezzler extradited 1916

In 1916, the General Hospital in Nassau, New Providence had a few problems with personnel. Richard J. A. Farrington, a …
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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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The Secret Bahamian Lottery 1959

Gambling, in all its various forms, including the lottery,  has long remained a source of national and moral contention. Admittedly, …
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A Governor of Titles proclaims any suitable premises may be a prison 1942

Titles. Titles and more titles! Britain loves its titles, and so does the Bahamas for that matter. Titles confer honour, …
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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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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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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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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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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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The Bahamian on the run from the Klu Klux Klan, 1925 (part 4/5)

Legal heavyweights of 1925, negro lawyer, A.F. Adderley and white lawyer, Kenneth Solomon come to Roberts’ defence. Charles Roberts, indicted …
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The Bahamian on the run from the Klu Klux Klan, 1925 (part 3/5)

In the Bahamas, there is a saying of sorts, which goes something like, ‘he stepped up, as big as Billy’ …
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The Bahamian on the run from the Klu Klux Klan, 1924 (part 2/5)

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the economic situation in the Bahama Islands was as bad as it had …
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The Bahamian on the run from the Klu Klux Klan, 1924 (part 1/5)

When a disgruntled worker, was fired from his job as a wagon driver at an ice house, in Miami in …
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Two slaves hanged on Hog Island, April 1791

In the 18th century, in old colonial Bahamas, hangings were public events. If not during, there was definitely the opportunity …
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An Act, To ascertain who shall not be deemed mulattoes,

By 1799, an expanding population, created the need for new racial laws in the Bahama Islands. These laws were designed …
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Hard labour in the workhouse – Crime, Nassau, 1837

The workhouse was a British invention. It became infamous. One of the first records of the word workhouse dates back to …
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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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Road Tax, Eastern District, Nassau, New Providence 1799

There is a popular saying, which says that there are only two sure things in life, and one of them, …
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Seizure of American slaves. Liet. Governor Balfour sparks national outrage in the southern states of America (part 2)

Blayney Townley Balfour was Lieutenant Governor of the Bahama Islands between 1833 to 1835. He took official charge of the …
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Seizure of American slaves. Governor Balfour threatens to have Americans hanged 1834 (part 1)

Slavery wasn’t officially abolished in the British West Indies until August 1834. This included the Bahama Islands. Slaves landed in …
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Secretary of the Bahama Islands, on trial for extortion and malpractice in Office – Nassau 1791

The Bahama Islands in 1791 was a flourishing British colony under the stewardship of the Assembly, its various administrators and …
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We saved £7,090 of the people’s money! But…

The year 1913 had produced something quite rare for the Bahamas government. The year had delivered a whopping £10,000 surplus …
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Clean your yard or else! 1914

With a steadily growing population and densely packed urban areas, the problem of keeping the environment of New Providence clean, …
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Post Office theft 1914

We regret to learn that a defalcation has been discovered in the Post Office Department. The matter has been placed …
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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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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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How did Nassau, New Providence get its name?

Surprisingly, The Bahamas not only has its historical roots in Britain, but also the Netherlands, and Germany as well. 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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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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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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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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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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Woodes Rogers 1729

“I landed and took possession of the Fort, where I read out his Majesty’s Commission in the presence of my officers, soldiers and about three hundred of the people here, who received me under arms and readily surrendered shewing then many tokens of joy for the re-introduction of government.”

His Excellency Woodes Rogers, Esquire, Governor, Captain-General and Vice-Admiral of the Bahama Islands