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Nassau, Bahamas - Although it has been
published by Etienne Dupuch Jr Publications for more than half a
century, The Bahamas Handbook always comes up with fascinating and
little-known facts about The Bahamas, its people, culture, economy and
Now fresh off the press and available in stores
throughout The Bahamas, the Handbook for 2012 is no different. At 626
pages, the Handbook is filled with insightful features on The Bahamas,
beautiful four-colour photographs and rich illustrations that bring the
stories to life.
This year, readers will read up on Hobby Horse
Hall, a racetrack on Cable Beach that once brought droves of celebrities
and royalty to The Bahamas for the fashionable winter season.
how German and Italian U-boats stalked and torpedoed Allied freighters
in Bahamian waters during the Second World War, trying to prevent them
from carrying war materials to Britain, and how islanders of high
station and low helped to rescue and care for the survivors.
the anger and resentment that led to the General Strike of 1958 and how
the Bahamian police force was issued with weapons for the first time in
history–as seen through the eyes of a gazetted police officer of the
Despite decades of heat, humidity and hurricanes on San
Salvador, a plantation owner's meticulous diary somehow survived to the
present day, giving Handbook readers an unvarnished picture of the high
emotions that prevailed among slaves in the early 19th century, on the
eve of emancipation.
Ever wondered how Wallace Groves was
able to build an entire industrial city in the pine barrens of Grand
Bahama in less than 10 years? A Handbook story clears up some of the
mystery and explores the techniques he used to build Freeport, as
recalled by his contemporaries and closest associates.
The Handbook has a strong section on business and finance. There's a
penetrating look into the economy's ability to withstand the worst
economic downturn since the Great Depression, along with updates on the
innovative funds that put The Bahamas ahead of its offshore financial
competitors, along with a new look at the country's booming maritime and
In this year's Handbook you'll learn about
neem, an ancient healing tree from India that is producing a host of
health and beauty products in Abaco; about the strange new creatures
that scientists are discovering in the depths of the Tongue of the
Ocean, thanks to space-age diving technology; and about the
forward-thinking politicians and academics who helped to create The
Bahamas' vibrant black middle class.
As well as these
articles, The Handbook's authoritative Blue Pages delve into the
country's most important vital statistics, providing every-day useful
information arranged alphabetically, from art galleries, business and
the economy, to free trade, national parks and tax benefits for
The Year in Review chronicles the major events of the
previous 12 months and the Government section includes bios on all
members of Parliament, along with top civil servants. All this and much
more await readers in The Bahamas Handbook for 2012.
sections devoted to Features, History, the Family Islands, Business and
Freeport, Grand Bahama, this year's Handbook lives up to its reputation
as the leading journal about The Bahamas, of interest to everyone who
lives in, visits or invests in the country.
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