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St. David's Island, Bermuda

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St. David's Island, Bermuda

Aerial view of Bermuda, with St. David's Island in the foreground.
St. David's, in 1676. The shape of St. David's Island, and of Castle Harbour (originally Southampton Harbour), was radically altered by the construction of an airfield in 1941, Kindley Field, by the US Army.

St. David's Island is one of the main islands of Long Bird Island and Cooper's Island, in 1942 to 650 acres (2.6 square kilometres) to allow room for a US military base (originally the US Army's Fort Bell/Kindley Field, later Kindley Air Force Base, and then USNAS Bermuda) which occupied over half the island. The base was closed in 1995, but much of its facilities are still used as part of L.F. Wade International Airport. Cooper's Island is now attached to the southeast St. David's, although the two islands are still widely regarded as if they were separate entities.

St. David's Island, as it appears today.

The island was named in honour of Castle Harbor in the south, but is joined to it by road via The Causeway.

Notable features of the island include St. David's Head, Bermuda's easternmost point, and the nearby St. David's Battery, on Great Head (Great Head is the more prominent of two headland which comprise St. David's Head); L.F. Wade International Airport; St. David's Lighthouse; and Annie's Bay on Cooper's Island.

St. David's Island is connected to the United States by an Atlantic fiber Optic cable known as 360 Americas. [1]

As with the rest of Bermuda, the St. David's islanders were established from a diverse group of immigrants, beginning in the 17th Century. These included indentured servants from England, Spanish-speaking Blacks from the West Indies, and Black, Native American, Irish, and Scottish slaves. The last three groups were largely composed of prisoners-of-war and others ethnically-cleansed from their homelands following English wars of conquest. Although hundreds of Native American slaves were absorbed into the population of all of Bermuda, other Bermudians have long distinguished St. David's islanders (disparagingly) as 'Mohawks'. Only two Mohawk boys were recorded as having been imported to Bermuda following Dutch-Mohawk wars, but to many English in the 17th Century, the Mohawks were the best known Native American people, and any Native American was likely to be described as a Mohawk. Today, many St. David's islanders are proud to be called Mohawks, and are actively re-establishing links to Wampanoag, Pequot and other Algonquian nations that contributed to Bermuda's settlement. Since the joining of the Island to the rest of Bermuda by the US Army in the 1940s, the former relative isolation of St. David's has ended. The subsequent influx of other Bermudians to what is seen as a more affordable part of Bermuda to buy property, which increased dramatically after the closure of NAS Bermuda in 1995, has eroded the unique character of the islands population, who were once distinguishable by accent and appearance.

External links

  • Bermuda Online
  • Google Maps satellite photos of Bermunda
  • Cape Cod Online: Worlds Rejoined.
  • Massasoit

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