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Ragged Island


The people of Ragged Island are best known for their prowess as boat builders and captains, the island’s descendants are also influential national figures in athletics, politics, business, and the arts. The salty smell of the ocean is amplified by a salt pond that stretches the length of the only settlement, Duncan Town – so small that it doesn't take much time to walk its entire circumference. Residents still harvest salt from their family plots. Fishing is the main attraction: bonefish are abundant in the turquoise shallows on the western coast; big game fish are plentiful in the deep ocean passage along the east side.

The Memorial Cross on Pigeon Cay, near Ragged Island - in honor of Nassau Bishop, Henry Norris Churton – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Quick Facts

Area: 9 sq. miles
Population: 72 persons
Highest Point: 116 feet
Location: approximately 170 miles southeast of New Providence and 120 miles east of Cuba.
Origin of the Name: The origin of its name is unknown.

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