Passenger: What about the inhabitants? Where did they
Lecturer: The Lukku-cairi people were the first to
settle in the Bahamas. They migrated from South
America. They are related to Arawak people, and
erroneously known as “Indians” ever since Columbus
gave them that name.
Passenger: I read something about the lost city of
Atlantis might be in this area. Do you know
anything about the rumor?
Lecturer: Well, many people have suggested possible
sites for Atlantis. The Bahamian theory points to
the flat stones off the coast of Bimini. These
Stretch for half a mile and some scientists claim
they might have been an ancient road of Atlantis.
They are too perfectly placed to have been put
there by an act of nature.
Passenger: Did any other country ever claim the Bahamas?
Lecturer: Yes, several countries have claimed the
Bahamas since Columbus. Missionaries established
the first European settlement in 1647. But
strangely, about 30 years later everyone had left.
The Bahamas were abandoned for approximately two
Passengers: What happened?
Lecturer: The main theory is that people left because
of a great sickness. We know it wasn’t because of
a lack of food; the tropical climate made food
grow in abundance.
Passenger: Was it the plague?
Lecturer: No, that is doubtful as the plague occurred
in Europe in the 1300’s. But Remember sailors and
pirates were constant visitors to these islands.
They may have carried measles, smallpox or some
other contagious disease.
Passenger: What other countries claimed the Bahamas?
Lecturer: I’m going to give you a timeline to follow.
(Points to board.) Please look at these dates.
When I have finished talking, I’ll answer any of
1706 Pirates rule
1717 Bahamas British Crown Colony
1776 Americans occupy Bahamas
1782 Spaniards occupy Bahamas
1783 Spain returns Bahamas to Britain-Treaty of Paris
1804 Turks and Caicos Islands become part of Bahamas
1835 Slavery ends in Bahamas
1930 Sir Lynden Pindling is born (Bahamian leader)
1940 Duke of Windsor is governor of islands
1941 Unarmed us freighter “Mariana” is torpedoed and
sunk by U-boat east of Nassau
1950 Britain allows the US to build a Bahamas military
test range and tracking station.
1955 Freeport free trade zone. Off-shore banking tour
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