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Crooked Island and Long Cay


Buried in the soil of the scarcely populated Crooked Island is the memory of enslaved Africans who labored on the island’s cotton plantations. The island was important for the colony, housing the Bahamas’ first general post office. A hotel sits on the ruins at Landrail Point. The mortar-bound stone walls from the original structure are visible in the reception area. The few residents of the island make their living by fishing and farming, with cascarilla bark serving as a primary export crop. Long Cay, its tiny sister island, was once a major trading post for the area and has the dubious honor of being home to the first jail in The Bahamas. It once had 4,000 residents, but is now just a sleepy town with beautiful beaches and a few residents.

Video about the Southern Islands Recovery effort

The beach and lighthouse at Bird Rock Cay, off Crooked Island. – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Quick Facts

Crooked Island

Area: 92 sq. miles
Highest Point: 155 feet
(second highest point in The Bahamas)
Population: 280 persons
Location: 233 miles southeast of New Providence and less than 1½ miles from Acklins
Original Names: Crooked Island was once called "Samote" by the Lucayans and "Isabella" by Christopher Columbus.

Long Cay

Area: 9 sq. miles
Highest Point: 108 feet
Population: 30 persons
Location: less than 1½ miles south of Crooked Island Original Name: Long Cay was initially named "Fortune Island" by Christopher Columbus, because he found a conch pearl there when he first arrived.

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