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The postcard above was mailed from
Nassau in the Bahamas and arrived
via ship in New York on
June 25, 1911, where it received the NY Paquebot
cancel. It then traveled
overland to Miss Vivian Arnold in
The stamp is the 1 pence Queen Victoria, Carmine-Rose issue of
#27). This New York Paquebot cancel was used from 1908 to
is considered a scarce marking. It measures
22mm in diameter and reads,
"N. Y. P. O. HUD. TERM. STA. PAQUEBOT" with the date in the
center and the letter "D" above.
Vivian Arnold was
born in Westerly, Rhode Island on October 22,
1893. She died in October 1981.
Bahamas were the first landfall
for Christopher Columbus, who
landed on San Salvador in the
Eastern Bahamas in 1492. The
Bahamas were first settled by the Lucayan
Indians a branch of the Arawak
people who fled to these islands to get away from the fierce Carib
Indians, who had invaded their home islands. Slavery,
and disease had wiped
out the entire tribe
less than 25 years later.
was the first island to be settled
by the English in 1648. The
Islands were a popular hideout
for pirates during these early
times and for a time Nassau was
homeport to Edward
In 1776 there was a large
influx of British loyalist (Tories)
to the Islands who bought their slaves with them and proceeded to grow
cotton, tobacco and other crops.
During the American
Civil War, the Islands provided an exchange
point for Confederate blockade
runners to sell their goods and buy supplies from the
British. When Prohibition was
enacted in the U. S., the Islands once again became a haven
for smugglers and a huge flow of Scotch
Whiskey entered the states from this area. After the 1920s,
the tourism industry became the
mainstay of the Islands economy.
The Bahamas became a Commonwealth
in 1969 and an independent Nation
on July 10, 1973.
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