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People

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Although Bermuda's roots are buried deep within its British heritage, the people have also been heavily influenced over the past three hundred years by its location. While the average Bermudian is very British, one finds the Caribbean influence and its African roots here, especially among the black population. The colorful clothing and many of the important festivals reflect beginnings born in slavery. Caribbean music, reggae and calypso wafts gently across the islands, bringing with it a feeling of well-being and a happy attitude.

Daily life on Bermuda is much the same as in England. Darts are played in pubs; fish and chips, sausage rolls, and meat pies are on most menus; and afternoon tea is a tradition that's inviolable. Everything stops for tea.

On an island nation this small, no place is exclusive to locals; where they go, you go. And, as most people use the public transportation system, you'll find yourself in close contact with the residents. Today's Bermudian is, for the most part, an extremely friendly soul, easy to like and easy to get to know. Locals have no qualms about striking up a conversation with visitors on buses, the ferry, in pubs or on the beach. If you need help of any sort, you have only to ask. Bermudians are well educated and extremely articulate; you'll have no trouble understanding them. Treat them with courtesy and respect.

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Grand Bahama

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Grand Bahama is the fourth-largest of the Bahamian islands, and Freeport is the second largest city. The island's modern history began in the 1950s with the development of Freeport and Lucaya.

The first inhabitants of the islands were Stone-Age Indians from Cuba. They were replaced almost 1,000 years ago by the Lucayans. They, in turn, were displaced and pretty well exterminated with the arrival of the Europeans shortly after Columbus discovered the islands in 1492. From then on, Grand Bahama was the forgotten island of the Bahamas. Except for the occasional band of pirates or loyalists, it remained virtually uninhabited for almost 300 years.

Grand Bahama was given its name by the Spanish - "gran bajamar" means "great shallows" - for the vast reaches of flats and shoals in the waters off the island.

The first permanent settlers arrived during the late 19th century. Most of them scratched out a living from the sea as fishermen, or by harvesting the abundant timber from the land. During the American Civil War, the small population declined even further when people began abandoning their farms and flocked to Nassau to join the economic boom brought by the blockade runners. Prohibition in America during the 1920s created something of a mini-boom in the island's economy when the rumrunners moved in. But the new prosperity was short-lived.

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Inagua

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Inagua is a favorite with birders, who come here to admire the flamingos & other birds.

Inagua is actually two islands: Great and Little Inagua. They make up the fourth-largest island in the Bahamas and the southernmost point in the country. At 20 miles wide and 40 miles long, the island (referred to in the singular, despite being two islands) is scarcely populated, with just under 1,000 residents. But it has over 50,000 flamingos (more on that later).

* DID YOU KNOW?

Inagua is an anagram of the word "iguana."

Inagua has a desert-like climate, with little rain, constant trade winds and little fresh water. This harsh environment is perfect for salt ponds, though, and those assets have brought money to local residents for many years. Salt was believed to have first motivated settlers to come to this island. In the 1930s Morton Salt Company dominated the salt industry around the globe and the company maintains a large operation here.

Today most residents work in the factory inMatthew Town , harvesting a million pounds of salt a year from the surrounding land.

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Hiking

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

There's virtually nowhere on the islands that you can't walk. Most people take to the main roads watch out for the traffic and, of course, there are a great number of beaches and parks that are open to the public. In addition, many of the Tribe Roads provide access to parts of Bermuda that are rarely seen by the visitor, and the Railway Trail offers a special hiking experience that will take you from one end of the island to the other.
For detailed walks and tours, see Touring the Parishes.

Be sure to wear reflective gear if you intend to walk after dark. The main roads are often narrow and include many quick, blind curves.

 

Perhaps the most exciting and diverse hiking experience here is the Bermuda Railway Trail, where some of the loveliest sightseeing can be enjoyed from any number of natural vantage points. The old passenger railway offers stunning seascapes, breathtaking scenery, exotic plant and wildlife, apart from the busy roads and streets that have become the Bermuda of today.

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Southeastern Tennessee

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Adventure Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Blair Howard

Mention the Great Smoky Mountains to most people and they immediately think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And so they should, for each year more than nine million people make it the most visited national park in the United States. But the park is not the be all and end all of the Smokies. In fact, its just a small part of the whole. 

The Smokies, for the purposes of this book, encompass an area that runs from the Virginia state line, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border, all the way down into northern Georgia. Along the way they embrace the great Nantahala, Pisgah, Cherokee and Chattahoochee national forests four vast outdoor tracts of wilderness. 

Although civilization came here in colonial times, the area is, for the most part, still a very primitive domain that hasnt kept pace with the outside world. Great pockets of unspoiled wilderness exist within the Smokies; some areas still dont have electricity, and there are places where the locals are downright suspicious of strangers. Many people here live out their lives much as their ancestors did almost 100 years ago. 

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