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A Forgotton Chapter: Blacks in the Building of Dockyard
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A Forgotton Chapter: Blacks in the Building of Dockyard

The construction of the Dockyard generated the largest military defence utilisation of money, manpower and materials in nineteenth century Bermuda. With bases already established at Antiqua (1743) and Halifax (1749), the building of the Yard provided a critical third prong to British naval power in the North Atlantic. Following the 1809 purchase of 130 acres of the Ireland Island group which included Boaz and Watford Islands, thousands of men laboured to build one of the most significant fortifications in the…


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The Story of Scenic Shelly Bay

Scenic Shelly Bay, with its panoramic view extending from Hamilton Parish to Dockyard, has for decades been a favourite park for families. Its sheltered curve of bay and shallow blue waters are ideal for small children enticed by the wonders…


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The Bridges of Bermuda

Today, people who travel from A to B in Bermuda by boat are few and far between. Most of us take to the roads, often oblivious of how many bridges over water we have to cross in order to traverse…


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From Battlefields to Lily Fields

Bermuda’s history has been marked by chance arrivals whose unexpected advent has nonetheless had major consequences for the island—most famously, for example, the 1609 shipwreck of the Virginia-bound Sea Venture. So it was with both lilies and their first commercial…


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Power & Prejudice: The Story of the 1902 Dockyard Riots & The Reverend Charles Monk Trial

Bermuda, 1902. The Boer War is raging in South Africa, and thousands of Boer prisoners of war are incarcerated on islands in the Great Sound. The Rock (population 17,500) is picturesque but not hugely prosperous. Bermuda onions still find a…

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The Origins of African-Bermudians by Cyril Packwood

In a seminal piece for The Bermudian in 1992, Cyril Packwood traced Bermuda's ethnic origins from Africa to Bermuda through their capture and trade, and as indentured servants or chattel slaves for more than 200 years. We are pleased to…