Bahamas Social Impact

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DeAndre Bethell BGCSE Coursework: Question 2 “EXPLAIN THE IMPACT MIGRANTS HAD ON THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE BAHAMAS IN THE TWENTIETH (20TH) CENTURY?” The sources “Chinese in the Caribbean The Genie Projects” and “The Story of the Bahamas” by Dr. Paul Albury, give us an inside look as to the impact migrants had on the social and economic development of The Bahamas in the twentieth (20th) century. During the late 1900’s, groups such as the Chinese, Jewish, Greeks, and the New England came to The Bahamas in a large population. These immigrants migrated to the Bahamas and influenced many with their social impacts and economic development around Nassau. The Chinese immigrants have had the most drastic social and economic impact…show more content…
Similar to the Chinese-Bahamians, the New England migrants impacted the Bahamas socially and economically. A well-renowned group of these New England migrants was the Erickson brothers. They accounted for the vast economic impact on the Bahamas by the New England migrants. The Erickson brothers revived the salt industry and were pivotal in the Bahamas as they revived the foreign trade of salt in Nassau. They influenced the Bahamian economy through their revitalization endeavors on the Bahamian old salt industry. As a result, they economically impacted the Bahamas development as they modernized the facilities (rakes, windmills, and mule-drawn trams) which were once used to salvage salt and revolutionized the industry by importing mechanized tractors, diesel-powered pumps, and giant Lorries to make the industry booming again and dispel the industrial silence of Matthew…show more content…
all impacted the development of the Bahamas socially and economically in multifaceted ways. Socially, each of the groups shouldered their idiosyncratic beliefs, culture, language, surnames, population, food, dialect as they segregated themselves from the Bahamian society. As a result, these migrants influenced the Bahamian community gradually they maintained their language and dialect and committed to voluntary segregation from the Bahamas culture. Nevertheless, groups of migrants such as the Greeks impacted the development of the Bahamas immensely through their endeavors in the sponging industry. The Greeks were sponge fishermen who came to the Bahamas for the development of their booming sponging industry. When it comes down to buying, packaging, and the exporting of sponges to and from the Bahamas, the Greeks dominated this industry and hence made a fortune. Other groups of migrants such as the Jews impacted the development of the Bahamas immensely through their booming business in the furniture industry. The Jew by the name of Mos Garfunkel opened the Home Furniture Company and encouraged his natives to do likewise. As a result, they impacted the development of the Bahamian economy
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