This island in the Bahamas has been a refuge for sea turtles and their eggs, fishers, sailors on their way back from large treasure hunts, and slaves who had escaped from plantations. Local folk stories tell about a small ship that had run out of food and water while on its way to Nassau. The island's current inhabitants found the shipwrecked sailors and shared with them what little food they had left. This post will explore the various historical aspects of the island property on the island and why it's a great place to own a home.


Cat Island formed almost five million years ago after the Lesser Antilles land bridge emerged from a shallow sea. Most of the land that formed the island's core is still there today, even after repeated changes in sea level.

Indigenous People

The Lucayan Indians

The island was first inhabited by Lucayans, who came to the island some 4,000 years ago. The Lucayans were known as great potters and builders. They lived in huts surrounded by two or three stone and wood walls.

The Arawaks

The Arawaks, who came to the island around 1,000 years ago, continued the tradition of building with stone, wood and clay. The natives built burial platforms on top of Taino Indian mounds on Great Harbour Cay. One of these platforms is the Ahuiki Mound. Lucayans, Arawaks and Tainos used this burial site.

The Tainos

The Tainos who came to the island around 500 years ago brought a new agricultural system, including new plants such as cassava and sweet potatoes. They also fashioned pottery in an artistic style. Stone tools remained the basic production tool until the Spanish brought cutlasses, hoes and axes made of iron.


Religion played an important part in the lives of the Lucayans. They believed that one day two prophets, a woman named Bahia and a man named Toabay, would come to Earth with all their belongings and goods. When they did not arrive on time, the natives built a platform on top of an important rocky peak called "Junkanoo," where they used to worship their gods. The "Taino" word for this peak was "Junkanoo."

The Spanish arrival

Captain Christopher Columbus arrived on the island on April 21, 1492 AD. He named the island "Santa Maria de la Grazia" after Pope Alexander VI's sister. This was eventually changed to "San Salvador." Columbus also named the island's main island "Providencia."


In 1502 AD, Spaniards under the command of Don Juan Ponce de Leon arrived on the island. Their island was known as "La Isla del Paraiso." A Tahitian expedition had arrived on the island and was staying in the Lucai village. The Indians were friendly to Columbus' men and offered them very good hospitality. Most native people gave up their local names for Christian names, such as Diego and Juan.

The Best Investment

Many people consider the island a good investment, and it has been the most sought-after place to invest. A lot of people have started investing in it and have been able to get the benefits of their property easily. The growth of their property value is also easy for them, as it is mostly attributed to the natural beauty of this island. Contact Island Property Group today for more details. We can help you with any of your real estate needs.

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