History

Just like many other vacations in the Caribbean, a Bahama Island vacation will put you in touch with the rich history of the sea and might just teach you something about the days of pirates and treasures beyond your wildest dreams. It wont just be tales of Blackbeard or the Blue Hole of Andros that you experience but some of the most luxurious accommodations to help you laugh about those tall tales of the sea. Besides the thousands of tales you might hear on the Bahamas, you will learn of the thousands of islands the Bahamas are made up of. The main islands total about 23 but the smaller keys are endless. Make things easier by considering the two ends of this chain. They are Grand Bahama and Great Inagua. Nassau is the most cosmopolitan area, located on Grand Bahama and Great Inagua is like the wildlife sanctuary of the Bahamas.

Beside the history you experience on your vacation, there is also a rich array of underwater parks. More than 5% of the worlds reef mass is located here and waiting for you to see it on your next Bahama vacation. The underwater parks are also what created the wide variety of outdoor activities for a vacation. You can enjoy the sea life while you are also sailing or snorkeling. Thousands of miles of shoreline attract swimmers, surfers, kite-boarders, and sailors to enjoy the spectacular wildlife beneath their feet.

Dont end your vacation without allowing for a diverse cultural experience. The charm and hospitality of the Bahmians can also become a lasting memory when you take advantage of a great government program that is offered on the main island. Visitors on the Bahamas are given the chance to experience real Bahamian culture when they sign up for People-to-People, a cultural program that has been very successful. Whether its San Salvador, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, or the Exumas, you are going to love your Bahama island vacation and take home many lasting memories of the wonderful people and the rich experiences you had.

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 Bermuda was first discovered in 1503 by a Spanish explorer named Juna de Bemudez. At first both Spanish and Portuguese ships used the islands as stop over for fresh meat and water.

Soon legends of spirits and devils inhabiting the island sprang up. Most likely these legends sprang from the callings of native birds.

Stormy sea conditions kept anyone from establishing permanent settlements on the “Isle of Devils” for many years.

The first attempt to settle the island came in 1515 when Bermudz and Gonzalo Fenandez  de Oviedo went to Bermuda with the concept of stocking the island with breeding hogs as a future food source for passing ships. That misson failed when inclement weather prevented them from landing.

During the next century the island was visited frequently but never settled, also during this time the first two English settlements in Virginia also failed and the King of England was determined to establish a colony in the new world.

In 1609 a flotilla of ships left England for the Americas to relieve the colony at Jamestown which had been settled two years earlier.

The flotilla was broken up by a storm and the flagship,Sea Venture was wrecked off Bermuda, leaving the survivors stranded on Bermuda. Most of the survivors continued on to America, the remaining settlers  claimed  the island for England and St. George’s was made the first capital. Being settled in 1612, it is now the oldest continually inhabited English town in the New World. The first British coins struck in America were made here.

Because of it’s limited land area and near perfect climate, Bermuda has always had a problem with over  population. Luckily many Bermudians immigrated to the United States as England over came Spain as the dominant European power in the new world. As seafaring was the only industry on the island at least a third of the islands total population was a sea at any particular time. 

Due to limited resources  and land some of the worlds first conservation measures were enacted in Bermuda.

Although many attempts were made to farm the land , they met with little success and the tiny island finally turned to the sea as it’s main source of income.

And along with salt mining, the sailors turned to other ventures , such as whaling and profiteering.  The land was also replanted with the native juniper, which was  used in ship building.

After the American Revolution the Royal Navy began improving the harbors in the west chain. During the War of 1812, the British attacks on Washington and Baltimore were planned and began in Bermuda.

Bermuda was used regularly by Confederate forces during the Civil War to evade Union forces,and to bring desperately needed goods to the south from England. 

As modern communications and transportation systems developed in the 20th century, Bermuda became a popular destination for wealthy American, British and Canadian tourists.

The Royal Naval Dockyard and the attendant military garrison continued to be an important component of Bermuda’s economy until the mid-20th century.

Beginning during World War 2, the United States began building military installations  on the island.

In the late 1930s airlines began scheduled airline service to the island., in today’s world international business has out reached tourism as Bermuda’s principle industry.

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