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Spanish Wells is one of the districts of the Bahamas.

It is a settlement on the small island of St. Georges Cay (which is about half a mile wide by 2 miles long, and is located approximately 1 mile off the northern tip of Eleuthera Island), in the Bahamas. It has a population of approx 1,527 residents. Historically, the island was used as a last stop for Spanish ships returning to Europe, where these ships refilled their water supply from wells created for this purpose - thus the English name of the settlement: Spanish Wells.

The first colonists were the Eleutheran Adventurers from Bermuda (intending to be some of the first settlers of Eleuthera), who suffered shipwreck on a reef off Eleuthera in 1647. They ended up at Spanish Wells. Among other, later, groups of settlers were Crown loyalists, who left the United States after the American Revolutionary War.

Many of the people in (and around) Spanish Wells share the surname Pinder. The demographics of the island are opposite that of the Bahamas as a whole - the vast majority of the population is white.

Currently, Spanish Wells is a center for lobster fishing in the Bahamas.

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