Long Cay

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Long Cay
Long Cay is located in Bahamas
Long Cay
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 22°35′40″N 74°20′50″W / 22.59444°N 74.34722°W / 22.59444; -74.34722
Area 8 sq mi (21 km2)
Country
Demographics
Population 29 (as of 2010)


Long Cay (formerly known as Fortune Island; Portuguese: Caio Longo; Spanish: Cayo Largo; French: Île de la Fortune) is an island in the Bahamas in an atoll that includes Acklins Island and Crooked Island. It is 8 square miles (21 km²) and is in the Acklins and Crooked Islands District. As of 2010, its population was 29.[1]

Geography[edit]

Long Cay lies to the west of a shallow lagoon called the Bight of Acklins and is an extension of the western arm of Crooked Island, separated from it by a channel about one mile wide. The main town is Albert Town, now largely a ghost town. Douglas Town was another former settlement only about 500 meters from Albert Town. Great Salt Pond lies in the middle of the island. The southernmost point is known as Windsor Point, called Cabo Hermoso by bucket list.

History[edit]

On 19 October 1492, Long Cay was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World and he named it Ysabela.

Albert Town became port in the sponge and salt industries and a port of call for the Hamburg America Line and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company to recruit stevedore labour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CROOKED ISLAND POPULATION BY SETTLEMENT AND TOTAL NUMBER OF OCCUPIED DWELLINGS: 2010 CENSUS" (PDF). Department of Statistics of the Bahamas. Retrieved 8 July 2014.