Of course it would be the Americans who brought the very first automobile to The Bahamas. No one in the islands was rich enough to afford $650, to spend on some newfangled do-daddy contraption which scared the horses and donkeys as it roared by at 7 miles per hour. Besides, everyone on New Providence were well sure the automobile would never catch on. The horse and carriage was here to stay.
March 26, 1904
The automobile imported by Mr. Henry Mostyn attracted much attention from persons on Bay Street yesterday while it was standing opposite the US Consulate after having brought Mr. Mostyn from Orange Hill to the city. We understand that it works very satisfactorily. Being the first automobile to appear in our streets it naturally creates more than usual notice.
(The Nassau Guardian and Bahama Islands Advocate and Intelligencer, Nassau, March 26, 1904)