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Eleuthera Photo Album

Photos courtesy of Geoff Wells

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Eleuthera is an island in the Bahamas, lying 50 miles (80 km) east of Nassau. It is very long and thin—110 miles (180 km) long and in places little more than a mile wide. The population is 8,000 (2000 census). The name "Eleuthera" is derived from the Greek word for "free."

The original population of Taino, or Arawaks, was mostly deported by the Spanish to work in the mines of Hispaniola, where they died out by 1550. The island is believed to have been unoccupied until the first European settlers—puritan pilgrims- arrived in 1648 from Bermuda. These settlers, known as the 'Eleutherian Adventurers,' gave the island its current name -- "eleutheria" means 'freedom' in Greek, while Eleuthera means 'free.' Some people think that Chistopher Columbus may have come to Eleuthera before any other islands in the West Indies.

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If you have photographs or knowledge of the area and would like to contribute we would love to hear from you. Original work only please - you must own the copyright.

The video below is a short clip from a commercial DVD called "Images of Eleuthera". It is a photo journey from Harbour Island and Spanish Wells in the north to Cape Eleuthera and Lighthouse Beach in the south.

If you are planning a trip to Eleuthera this would be a very good investment. Copies are available on Amazon and also from the publishers website. Besides the "Images of Eleuthera" DVD you can also purchase an Eleuthera guide book called "The Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera"

This clip will play in High Definition if you click the HD button.

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