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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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‘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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Obituary to Social Decency: A War of Words Between Newspaper Editors 1959

Cyril Stevenson, publisher of the Nassau Herald, held nothing back when pen and ink were in hand. Neither did Tribune …
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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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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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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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UBP Film on Communist and Fascist Dictators in Fox Hill 1962

Inciting fear of the ‘other,’ through the use of propaganda films was rife in the 1930s through to the 1970s …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Salary proposal for Assembly met with howls of laughter 1942

In 2017, the FNM government, after voting against proposals for an increase in Member of Parliament salaries while in Opposition, …
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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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Milo Butler brings the fire 1959

To anyone old enough to remember the first Bahamian Governor-General of the Bahamas, Sir Milo B. Butler, one thinks of …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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