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The Bahamas In Transition #11
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The Bahamas In Transition #11

Greater Abaco Council

Some of the members of the United Bahamian Party that left the Free National Movement, were responsible for this group. In 1971 they presented a petition to the Queen via her Governor in New Providence, Sir Francis Cumming Bruce, requesting to stay under British rule.

The Council For A free Abaco

This group did not last long, and another group The Council For A Free Abaco , led by former Policeman, now Politician, Errington (Bumpy) Watkins. These die heart loyalist produced a 10 page manifesto on Independence and Freedom, criticising Nassau's exploitation of Abaco.

Watkins carried a petition to London in 1973 with thousands of registered voter's signature, hoping that the British Parliament would allow Abaco to stay under the Crown, if the rest of the Bahamas received Independence.

But the authority in London soon realize what the real problem was. Many of the Bahamian whites did not like being governed by the masses , who were black. And the British lawmakers were not set to split up a country over trivial matters.

It was not long afterward that Watkins soon realized, their quest was a loosing battle, and he threw his hands in. But there were many takers, and a third group took up the challenge, for a Free Abaco, and they lost, just like the groups before them. Today Abaco is a thriving and prosperous island in the Bahamas, and everybody seem contented with the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement.

By Election In Abaco

It's amazing how time changes people, campaigning for an election is being held in Abaco today, the former leader of the Free National Movement , Hon. Hubert Ingraham lost at the polls a few months ago, to the Hon. Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party, as a result of this he resign his seat. Mr. Gomez is the Free National Movement candidate, and Mr. Renaldo Curry is the candidate for the Progressive Liberal Party. This will be a tight election, and any man can win, is the talk on the streets.

Golden Opportunity

Between the years of 1967 - 1975 many white Bahamian and white foreigners left the Bahamas, they sold their luxuries homes and properties in areas like Cable Beach, Paradise Island and the Eastern Road. Most of them went to live in Key West Florida. This was a golden opportunity for many black Bahamian to acquire homes, that they admired from the road way, as they drove down many of the coastal streets, displaying picturesque beaches and clean fresh tropical breeze. Those Bahamian that had acquired the beautiful homes were now part of the new upper class.


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