Included in this book is a descriptive history of the Bahamas from the Lucayan communities to the independent nation of today. The British, American and African concerns in the area are documented as is the progress so far of the independent Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Part 1 Peoples of the Bahamas; the Lucayans; the old inhabitants (1645-1783); new inhabitants from the mainland; more new inhabitants and new patterns of work; initiative in freedom (1838-65); initiative against poverty; new inhabitants - minorities and rituals. Part 2 The American connection: colonists and traders; War of American Independence - rebels and loyalists; legal and illegal trade connections until 1865; American - Bahamian connections after the Civil War; impact of American prohibition; American influences from the 1920s to 1945; American influences since 1945. Part 3 The British connection: establishing colonial government in the 18th century; directives from the British Colonial Office; the British connection in the free society; between the bonanzas; nineteen twenties to nineteen forties; an embarrassing colony. Part 4 The African connection: slaves and free blacks before 1807; slaves, apprentices, free blacks - 1807-38; full freedom. Part 5 Colony of free people: choice in freedom 1838-65; confronting poverty 1865-1919; prosperity to protest 1919-42; challenge to the oligarchy 1943-73. Part 6 Decolonization: economic development and employment; social and human resources development; problems and a crisis; Bahamian voices.