Matthew Town

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Matthew Town
Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas.jpg
Matthew Town is located in Bahamas
Matthew Town
Matthew Town
Coordinates: 20°57′N 73°40′W / 20.950°N 73.667°W / 20.950; -73.667Coordinates: 20°57′N 73°40′W / 20.950°N 73.667°W / 20.950; -73.667
Country Bahamas
IslandGreat Inagua
 • Total430[1]
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone)
Area code(s)242
Great Inagua Lighthouse
Southwest Point
Inagua's Lighthouse - panoramio.jpg
Matthew Town is located in Bahamas
Matthew Town
LocationSouthwest Point
Matthew Town
Coordinates20°56′00.7″N 73°40′27.4″W / 20.933528°N 73.674278°W / 20.933528; -73.674278
Year first constructed1870
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height37 metres (121 ft)
Range22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 10s.
Admiralty numberJ4804
NGA number12360
ARLHS numberBAH-007
Managing agentBahamas Port Department[2]

Matthew Town is the chief and only settlement on Great Inagua Island of the Bahamas. It is located on the southwest corner of the island. It was named after Bahamian Governor George Matthew (1844–1849) and first settled during his tenure in office. It has several buildings dating to the 19th century including the 1870 Great Inagua Lighthouse.

Almost the entire population of Inagua resides in Matthew Town (approx. 1,000 people), and many of them are employed by the Morton Salt Company,[a] the island's largest employer.[4]

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  1. ^ In 2008 Morton's employed about 60% of the island's working population.[3]


  1. ^ World Gazetteer
  2. ^ "Great Inagua". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 August 2016 – via
  3. ^ "Workers at Bahamas' Morton Salt plant end strike". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. 27 August 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ Scavella, Nico (20 April 2016). "Morton Salt Signs Five-Year Deal With Workers". The Tribune. The Bahamas. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016.

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