The Many Cays of Abaco Island
Abaco Islands are located in the northern part of the Bahamas and consist of several different islands. The two largest islands are Great Abaco and Little Abaco. There are thirteen smaller islands attached to the country. These ar: Wood Cary, Sandy Point, Elbow Cay, Moore’s Island, Lubbers Quarters Cay, Walker’s Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Stirrup Cay, Great Guana Cay, Umbrella Cay, Castaway Cay, Stranger’s Cay and Man-o-War Cay.
The area was first lived in by the Lucayans. In 1783 British citizens, fleeing from the American Revolution were the first Europeans to reach the island. Theses loyalists established themselves in the region by salvaging the wrecks of boats and by building boats and farming. It remained a territory of Great Britain. Several American businessmen, supporters of free enterprise, arms traffickers and a member of the British House of Lords attempted to give the country its independence from Great Britain. Their plan was to give one acre to any native on the island. The beauty of this plan was that there would have been many thousands of acres remaining which could be sold to businessmen, realtors and other entrepreneurs. Great Britain and the natives of the island did not like this plan and its backers gave up on it by 1975.
Abaco has a population of approximately 13000 citizens. The largest city and its capital is March Harbor. The population is not very diverse. The ethnic ratio is about 50% black and 50% white. People who travel to the island today enjoy the many opportunities to sail around the various islands. According to tourist guides, this is the main tourist activity.
The island has several protected nature areas, included several large coral reefs, several barrier islands and more. These areas are filled with old-growth trees and several rare and protected animals. A visit to this unique island is a pleasure if you enjoy sailing, coral reef diving and nature.