17 Facts About Andros Island


Andros Island is an archipelago within the Bahamas, the largest of the Bahamian Islands.

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Originally named Espiritu Santu by the Spanish, Andros Island was given its present name sometime early during the period of British colonial rule.

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Andros Island was notable for his role in the collapse of the Dominion of New England, after which he was removed from office and jailed.

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Morgan's Bluff and Morgan's Cave on North Andros Island are named after the famous privateer-pirate, Henry Morgan, for whom Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum is named.

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The 1788 census for Andros Island reported 22 white heads of families, with a total of 132 slaves; they cultivated 329 hectares of land.

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Andros Island served until 1992, when his party lost control of Parliament.

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Geologically and geographically the Bahamas, including Andros Island, are not located in the Caribbean, whose northern boundary is the Windward Passage, but rather in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Andros Island is known in the Bahamas by two nicknames, "The Sleeping Giant" and "The Big Yard".

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Largest employers on Andros Island are the Bahamian government and the AUTEC base at Fresh Creek.

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Andros Island was the site of two of the first dive-dedicated resorts in the world, and the first in the Bahamas, both founded by Canadians.

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Andros Island is surrounded by thousands of square kilometres of fishable flats, home to permit, tarpon, and especially bonefish.

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Andros Island has the Bahamas' only freshwater river, contributing to its biodiversity.

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Andros Island is home to several species of lizards, including the Andros Island iguana, a large endangered subspecies of Northern Bahamian rock iguana.

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Andros Island has four airports with paved runways: San Andros Airport at Nicholls Town, Andros Town International Airport located at Fresh Creek, the Clarence A Bain Airport at Mangrove Cay and Congo Town Airport in South Andros.

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Andros Island Town International is an international port of entry for private pilots.

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Andros Island is politically divided into four Districts and ten townships.

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Mangrove Cay is served by St Benedict's parish and Central Andros Island is served by St John Chrysostom parish in Fresh Creek and Christ the King parish in Cargill Creek.

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