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October 09, 2007



Larry, this is a really good article. I love the way you parallel the two -- we need more ways to link ourselves with the wider world. Congratulations.

philippa marshall

I am a recent reader of Bahama Pundit and have found that the articles by Larry Smith are excellent.This particular article is readable and informative.


"As long as Fort Fincastle rests on that immovable rock in our capital city," he wrote, "parents shall tell their children, and their children shall tell their own of the saga of Burma Road."

...$#!&, een nobody ever told me.

E-mailing a bunch of Bahamians around the same age as me (20's) to see how many have a clue about what that song is about....

... so far, it's not looking good

larry smith

amazing - interested in your report.

Erik Russell

Thanks for the history review and juxtaposition of that period of Bahamian history with the past and present issues in Burma. Fascinating relationship.

I take note of the comments from Anonymous about being unaware of what the "Burma Road" song was really referring to... I wonder how many people know what the line about "Aun' Annie" is talking about in Ronnie Butler's "Burma Road" medley! :)


Ravi Jesubathem

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article today. Also, I now know where Burma Road is. I have been looking for it for years.


Great article. Hisorical education is critical for all of us. As Santayana said " He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it.'


I'm really glad that I stumbled upon this site today.
Not only is this article insightful and intellectually stimulating, but it also shed light on what is probably considered an enigma by many today.
No where in my Bahamian history books was this ever mentioned, and I'm a high school class of '88 member.
So, please lets get this in the history books asap.
Excellent article! Wonderful website!
Thank you for the eye- and mind-opener.

Mary Goveia

I understood that Frederick Cerreta, the owner of the Pleasantville Construction Company, had undertaken the building of Bahamas's "Burma" Road and paid his Bahamian workers the same wage that Whites received and, when the government tried to stop Frederick from paying this kind of money to his employees, the rioting began.


I stumbled upon your article researching for my son's school project. This article is truly amazing, I almost forgot the intial reason I came upon it. Keep up the fantastic work. Oh yes, I had my son read it also.


this is amzing

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