Few islands anywhere have been refashioned by man to the extent of Grand Bahama.
P.J.H. Barratt, a town planner formerly in charge of the development of Freeport, writes from a first-hand knowledge of the island in all its aspects - from the 'island of the great shallows' of early sixteenth century discovery by Europeans, to the spectacular development in more recent times of the new city and resort of Freeport.
Once a barren, pine-covered land, Grand Bahama is now the second most populous of the Bahama Islands. The creation of Freeport was undoubtedly a social and economic experiment of the first importance that did not come into being without first overcoming serious difficulties. Apart from Freeport and a few scattered settlements the island, for the most part, remains unspoiled; tranquil beauty being its dominant characteristic.
The Grand Bahama of today is a major resort destination, an island with an exciting future, facing up to the many challenges posed by an independent, emerging society.
In this new edition (the fourth printing), the author has revised the text, introducing updated information on the many aspects of Grand Bahamian life as well as including several new colour and black and white photographs.
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The tapestry of Grand bahama's rich history is woven from colourful threads of time that include native Lucayans, early Spanish and English exploreres, sunken ships, bootlegging, industrial magnates, the birth of tourism, challenges and opportunities of a new nation, as well as the geology and natural beauty of this 'island of the great shallows'. Weaving these threads together in a fascinating and informative book is author Peter barratt, a town planner and architect formerly in charge of the development of Freeport, now the second city of The Bahamas.From the Author:
Since the book stands or falls on its merits I will let the reader be the judge. I would just like to mention some of the matters that are contained in the book – and some that are not. The original publisher David and Charles in the UK called the book genre ‘encyclopedic’ a big word that means, I suppose, that it tries to cover everything. Obviously it does not but at least it makes a start. To date the book has gone through 4 printings and three editions. After David and Charles, Macmillan went through two printings but I always thought it should be published in the Bahamas. It was not easy but this current edition is not only published in the Bahamas but it is published in Freeport! For this I am grateful especially to Paula Farrington of IM Publications and to Sally Lightbourne who converted the text into a format so that it could be printed. A long list of people helped me and are dutifully mentioned in the Acknowledgements at the front of the book.
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Book Description IM Publishing, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110971735107
Book Description IM Publishing. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0971735107 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0544100