The Early Settlers of the Bahamas and Colonists of North America - A. Talbot Bethell. The history of the colonization of the Bahamas and the first royal governor, Woodes Rogers, Esquire; interwoven with the history of the United States. The author begins the book with the history of the New World, starting in A.D. 986 with the arrival of natives of Iceland and Greenland. He then moves on to a brief history of the American Revolution, which leads up to the settlement of the Bahamas by many American colonists. He shows the relationship of the Bahamas to Virginia and supplies a list of loyalists who fled to the Bahamas from East Florida in 1784. The text contains a list of the governors of the Bahamas from 1617-1937, biographies of distinguished residents and biographies of descendants of the early settlers. There is also a chapter on Eleuthera, the largest islands in the Bahamas group, that includes a list of the first inhabitants. Information is provided on such diverse topics as: officers of the government; churches; schools; geology; freeing of slaves; graveyards and monuments; the running of the blockade during the American Civil War; piracies, protests, robberies and much more. A new index of full names has been compiled for this edition. (1937), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 238 pp.