Crooked Island, Bahamas
|District of Crooked Island and Long Cay|
Crooked Island and Acklins Archipelago (Crooked Island district is in red)
|Region||Acklins and Crooked Islands|
|Area||148 km2 (57.14 sq mi)|
|Population||600 (2009 estimate)|
|Leader||Chief Councillor David Daxon, Sr|
Crooked Island is an island and district, part of a group of Bahamian islands defining a large, shallow lagoon called the Bight of Acklins, of which the largest are Crooked Island in the north and Acklins in the south-east, and the smaller are Long Cay (once known as Fortune Island) in the north-west, and Castle Island in the south.
The islands were settled by American Loyalists in the late 1780s who set cotton plantations employing over 1,000 slaves. After the abolition of slavery in the British Empire these became uneconomical, and the replacement income from sponge diving has now dwindled as well. The inhabitants now live by fishing and small-scale farming.
The main town in the group is Colonel Hill on Crooked Island.
The population of Crooked Island was 350 at the 2000 census.
It is believed that the first Post Office in the Bahamas was at Pitt’s Town on Crooked Island.
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