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The Colour of Tourism Part 2

In the advent of Bermuda tourism, the island was strategically promoted as the ideal playground for affluent (white) Americans. Part II   There were other dimensions to maintaining the racial idyll of Bermuda tourism. Whites coming to Bermuda had to feel that they were in a white paradise. Yes, there would be blacks in their midst but they would be like Acheson’s cook—friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. There was never any suggestion that Bermuda would court black tourists; they would spoil the ethos.   In reality, very few ...

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Fashioning Our Heritage

One of the great attractions on Bermuda Day is watching the Gombey troupes come out in full force for the parade. With their colourful costumes and distinctive heart-throbbing drumbeat, the Gombeys have been dancing and entertaining Bermuda...

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Searching for Sir George Part 2

It is easy to misplace a heart—lovesick teenagers do it all the time. Composed of soft tissue, actual hearts quickly decompose in the ground and leave no physical traces for archaeologists to find. I hoped that the rest of Sir George’s body ...

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Searching for Sir George Part 1

Sir George Somers has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years. We all know (or should, by now) the story of Bermuda’s founding and the role that he played in the “wreck and redemption” of the Sea Venture and her people. It is an ...

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Requiem for A Railway

Bermuda’s little railway started to die with the old year. At midnight, 1947/1948, the first pike of the Hamilton-Somerset line was ceremoniously removed, and demolition began. The bells heralding the New Year chimed in with sounds of pick ...