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Crooked Island Bahamas, Crooked Acklins Island Bahamas mapCrooked Island - This is a place for relaxing and doing absolutely nothing. The friendly people on this island will make your stay a memorable one. Crooked Island is a perfect place for sailing and fishing.

The islands existed in virtual obscurity until 1783, when American Loyalists began to settle here. These former plantation owners brought slaves and money to start a short-lived cotton industry which, by the beginning of the 19th Century, had more than 40 plantations employing 1200 slaves.

Acklins and Crooked Island are two of the four islands forming an atoll which hugs the beautiful shallow waters of the Bight of Acklins. Crooked Island opens onto the Windward Passage, the dividing point between the Caribbean Sea and The Bahamas. Whatever else he may have named it, it is said that when Columbus landed at what is now Pittstown Point, he called it Fragrant Island because of the aroma of its many herbs. 

One scent was cascarilla bark, used to flavor Campari liquor as well as the native Cascarilla Liqueur, which is exported. 

This is a very quite and remote Island but has an abundance of bird life that thrives on the cliffs and reefs around. Crooked Island is also said to be one of the most exciting fishing destinations in The Bahamas where youíll find bone fishing, inshore fishing, and deep-sea fishing. The Islandís capital is Colonel Hill where local government offices are located.

Crooked Island has among its ruins the building said to be the first Post Office in The Bahamas located at Pittís Town.

For the best view of the island, go to Colonel Hill, if you didn't arrive at the Crooked Island Airport (also known as the Colonel Hill Airport), with the same vantage.

Guarding the north end of this island is the Marine Farms Fortress, an abandoned British fortification that saw action in the War of 1812. It looks out over Crooked Island Passage and can be visited (ask your hotel to make arrangements for you).

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