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Most of the Loyalists were refugees from Georgia and South Carolina who arrived in the Bahamas (accompanied by their slaves) via the British colony of East Florida. Others came directly from New York. 18 In East Florida, planters from South Carolina and Georgia had attempted to recreate the plantation economy of the lowcountry Page 11 (based on the production of rice and indigo) and were unwilling to move to a colony where the agricultural prospects were so unpromising. 20 In his report on the island of Exuma, Wilson noted: "There are cotton trees now growing...
Chapter 1, on the Bahamian economy to 1815, is entirely new and extends my earlier discussion of the slavery era. Chapters 2 and 3 have been revised to demonstrate that developments in the urban and rural contexts, where the relationship between masters and slaves changed during the last three decades of slavery, were linked to the disintegration of the short-lived plantation economy. In the remaining chapters I have incorporated additional information and made changes to the text in varying degrees.
In 1509 Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Hispaniola, received royal approval for importing Indians from the neighboring islands and in that year organized slave-raiding expeditions to the Bahamas. Lucayans were exported to Hispaniola, but because of their reputation as skilled divers, they were also sent to work in the pearl fisheries near the island of Cubagua, off the north coast of Venezuela. By 1520 the Lucayan population, estimated at 80,000 at the time of contact with the Spaniards, had virtually disappeared.