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The Abaco Islands lie in the northern Bahamas and comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, together with the smaller Wood Cay, Lubbers Quarters Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Gorda Cay(Castaway Cay), Elbow Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Stranger's Cay, Umbrella Cay, Great Stirrup Cay, Walker's Cay and Moore's Island.

The first European settlers were Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, who arrived in 1783, as was also the case at Cat Island.

The islands are a noted base for sailing activities in the Bahamas as well as resort tourism.

The combined population is about 13,000 and the principal settlement and capital is Marsh Harbour. The red and white striped lighthouse at Hope Town is a noted local landmark. Coopers Town has 900 residents. The ethnic make up is about 50% white and 50% black.

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