History of the Bahamas Essay examples

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History of the Bahamas The Bahama Islands were discovered on October 12, 1942 by Christopher Columbus. Columbus and his Spanish crew stumbled upon the archipelago while looking for a trade route to the wealth of the West Indies and named is San Salvador. (Craton, pg. 30) The Spanish settlers encountered the native Bahamians, the Lucayans upon thier arrival. The Lucayans were a primitive race of farmers and fisherman that had migrated north from Venezuela to escape the cannibalistic Caribs.(Bothwell, pg. 27) The hospitality of the natives was not returned by the Europeans and since the lucayans themselves were the only valuable commodity to the Spanish they were all enslaved…show more content…
After the Confederate Army was defeated, the Bahamas saw an influx of southern loyalists who brought their plantation culture and their slaves. The chenille bug put an end to the plantation system by ruining the crops. (Craton & Saunders, 111) GRAFICAS By 1807 the slave trade was abolished but many former slaves, even after they were granted freedom, stayed and worked for their ex-masters because of the lack of occupational opportunities. In 1848, Turks and Caicos separated from the Bahamas due to feelings of desolation from the imposed salt tax and a general feeling of isolation from Nassau. The islands withdrew from the Bahamas to be governed by their own president and be under the supervision of Jamaica. Throughout the U.S. Civil War, Nassau served as a chief base for supplies for the confederacy. It is ironic that Bahamas chose to support the Confederacy since they were fighting to keep slavery alive. The Federalist eventually tried to block the Bahamas shipments of cotton and manufactured goods to the south. This led to the infamous “running of the blockades”. (Craton & Saunders, 83) The latter half of the nineteenth century was pretty bleak and dismal for the islands. An epidemic of typhus spread throughout the islands along with one of the worst hurricanes the islands had ever seen in 1866. By the early twentieth century as much as
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