Bahamas

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Stark's History and Guide

Stark's History of and Guide to the Bahamas

Original copyright 1891. Including chapters on: Original inhabitants - Buccaneers - First Settlements - Loyalists and the Blockade Runners during the American Civil War - The Out Islands (now called the Family Islands) - Negroes and Slavery - Commerce, agriculture, sponge fisheries and more... Includes fascinating historical facts: A Steamer from Montreal used to cost $ 35 one way, round trip $ 50 The luxurious Hotel Colonial cost $ 5 a day, upwards !

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The Hat Seller

"The Hat Seller"

"The Florida and Caribbean collecting began in the late fifties when William L. Bryant purchased books during visits to Haiti and Jamaica. In 1962 he purchased his first painting, The Hat Seller. This straightforward portrait of a young woman carrying her homemade hats to her booth at the market was purchased in Nassau, Bahamas from Marie de Marsan, a French-born (c. 1902) artist whose professional career reached from New York to Key West. While some of the collection was purchased by Bryant himself, most was obtained by Mrs. Eleanor Sleight, Director of the Central Florida Museum (1960-1972). Eleanor Sleight worked closely with Bryant and became a representative of the William L. Bryant Foundation, buying the majority of the books, paintings and ethnic items during trips to the Caribbean in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. He also purchased from catalogs of material for sale in both the islands and the U.S."

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Parliamentary Acts

Bryant West Indies British Parliamentary Acts Collection Part 1

The West Indies were colonized by Great Britain beginning in the early seventeenth century, over one hundred years after their initial discovery by Columbus in 1492. The islands were crucial to the triangular trade that developed between Europe, Africa and the British colonies of North America and the Caribbean, especially regarding the exportation of raw materials like sugar. Therefore, the Acts in the collection often address issues of trade, both between the islands and between the islands and Great Britain. This is the first of a two page document.

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Parliamentary Acts

Bryant West Indies British Parliamentary Acts Collection Part 2

This is the second the a two page document. This collection represents a sample of British Parliamentary Acts regarding the British West Indies. The collections range from 1712 to April of 1873, and span the reigns of seven monarchs: Queen Anne, Kings George I, II, III and IV, William IV and Queen Victoria. The Acts address a variety of subjects relating to the colonies of the West Indies, but deal mostly with trade regulations, including importation and exportation restrictions and duties.