Tag: Green Turtle Cay

“Those Who Stayed” is now in the Green Turtle Cay Public Library

Presenting a copy of Those Who Stayed to GTC Library volunteer librarian, Aylin Zayfer.

Last trip to the cay, I dropped into the Green Turtle Cay Public Library to donate a copy of my book, Those Who Stayed.

The library has a terrific Bahamian reference and research section (I often find books about Bahamian culture and history there that I can’t find anywhere else) so I’m super excited that my book is now a part of it!  

If it’s been a while, or if you’ve never visited the library, do check it out. Operated by a dedicated group of volunteer librarians led by Seanna Dames, the library is located in the town’s administrative complex in the heart of New Plymouth.

There’s a terrific selection of books for adults and kids, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles, all available on loan.

Key West Art & Historical Society Commemorates the Bahamian/Key West Connection

During the early 1800s, wrecking was a common occupation for Bahamian residents, and many plied their trade in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. In 1825, however, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Wrecking Act, which stipulated that goods salvaged from any vessel wrecked in American waters must be brought to a U.S. port.

In the decades that followed, hundreds of Bahamians, including wreckers, boat builders and those in related professions from Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Abaco relocated to Key West. To this largely uninhabited island, they brought everything, up to and including their houses!    

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