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by Jaume Olle', 8 May 2003
I heard about the flag that was proposed for
"independent" Abaco island in Bahamas. Abaco was
settled by many europeans from USA and it is an island which is a
bit different from the rest of Bahamas. The Phoenix Fundation
(anarchist-capitalist group) tried to establish the island
independence. A party called Abaco Independence Movement was
created and a new flag was proposed. At the end the movement
couldn't reach popular support.
I don't know how the flag was ,but probably it was blue, with white lighthouse with rays of gold and black radiating from it.
Anyone can confirm it?
Jaume Ollé , 13 March 2000
Yes, there was such a flag proposed. There was no anarchist
group on Abaco but rather a group advocating continued dependence
and government under the U.K. There were petitions sent to Queen
and Government but all fell through when the plan was rejected by
the House of Commons. There was a newspaper established to
support the movement and several demonstrations were held during
a speech from the Primer when he was speaking on independence in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Three quarters of the adult population of
Abaco supported this move but supported slumped as the years went
on. The independence movement ended around 1974-5.
Dexter Russell, 31 May 2000
The Abaco Islands are a group of islands (the largest of which
is Great Abaco) in the Bahamas. In the early 1970s, there
was an Abaco Independence Movement (AIM), which sought an
independent or separate Abaco in the event that the British
government granted independence to the colony of the Bahamas
(which it did in July 1973). AIM representatives flew to
London and lobbied the British Government (Commons, Lords, and
petition to Queen) to allow Abaco to become separate from any
independent Bahamas. The requests were denied, and the
entire Bahamas became independent.
The AIM flag showed a lighthouse (presumably the lighthouse at Hopetown) amidst a sunburst. A picture of the flag (in B/W) appears in Steve Dodge's: "Abaco: The History of An Out Island and Its Cays" (Decatur: White Sound Press 1983), page 129. This book also has a good discussion of the AIM and the reasons behind its activities.
James T. Liston, 4 May 2003
There were other flags flown in and around Abaco just prior to
the Bahamas' independence. According to my friend, Brian
Sinclair, a New York restaurateur, sailing enthusiast, owner of
the islet in the Abaco group, and frequent visitor to Hopetown,
the vast majority of the Abaco islanders, not having any desire
to be included in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, were trying to
convince the UK government to let them retain a status of British
dependency on the Anguilla model (presidency).Some even opted for
outright independence (AIM). In the months before the Bahamas'
independence the islanders were vigorously displaying the Union
flags and multitudes of yachts and sailing boats were also flying
a proposed flag for Abaco - - the British Blue Ensign charged
with the Abaco badge - a sailing ship on the light blue
background resting on six dark blue and five white waves.Above
the ship there was a golden scroll with "ABACO" on
it.The badge, in the form of the shield, was framed in gold.
As Mr.Liston stated, to the dismay of the islanders, the British didn't show any interest in the plight of the Abaco islanders and abandoned them to the new Commonwealth of the Bahamas. So, the little island group submerged in significant obscurity, has neverless quite rich vexi-history.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 7 May 2003
The text talks about a (proposed) flag with lighthouse and a
UK blue ensign with badge in the fly, but the image show UJ with
badge in the middle, kind of like governor's flag. What's that
flag, and is that the same badge as it was in the blue ensigns
(reportedly used on yachts as an ensign!) ?
Zeljko Heimer, 15 January 2004