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
Island Great Inagua
Population (2012)
 • Total 430[1]
Time zone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 242
Great Inagua Lighthouse
Southwest Point
Matthew Town is located in Bahamas
Matthew Town
Location Southwest Point
Matthew Town
Coordinates 20°56′00.7″N 73°40′27.4″W / 20.933528°N 73.674278°W / 20.933528; -73.674278
Year first constructed 1870
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height 37 metres (121 ft)
Range 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 10s.
Admiralty number J4804
NGA number 12360
ARLHS number BAH-007
Managing agent Bahamas 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. 1000 people), and many of them are employed by the Morton Salt Company.[3][4]

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  1. ^ World Gazetteer
  2. ^ Great Inagua T'he Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 August 2016
  3. ^ In 2008 Morton's employed about 60% of the island's working population. "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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