The Hawksbill Creek Agreement has always been a mystery to many living on the Island of Grand Bahama. A lot of Grand Bahamians don’t really know the importance of the agreement and how it has impacted the overall development of the Island of Grand Bahama. The document itself includes the construction of a Harbour/Wharf and the development of a city. Today we know those two places as the Freeport Harbour and the City of Freeport respectively
I want to talk about the History of the Hawksbill Creek. The hawksbill Creek Agreement was signed in 1955 in an aim to improve the economic development of the Island. The Government of The Bahamas signed this agreement with Wallace Grove. Wallace Grove was an American Investor. All this information is known information is what is known by most people on the Island. I wish to talk about the Hawksbill Creek before it became what we know today as the Harbour. Before the Harbour was built in 1958 and the dredging began it was a creek that connected two parts of the island together. I meant that you could walk from Lovers Beach, Hepburn’s Town right across to Pinder’s Point. Today one has to drive from Hepburn’s Town to Pinder’s Point because of the construction of the harbour. The walking part has been separated and was open to make an entrance to the harbour.
I experienced these observations first hand. When I was in High School my Grade 12 B.G.C.S.E class coursework was based on the Hawksbill Creek. I think that is why I chose this topic because of the familiarity and Nostalgia that it brought, I felt like it would be easy because I knew a lot of information on the topic. I know for a fact that a lot of people still don’t understand the history of the Creek. During my time of doing this coursework back in 2017 my Grandmother who is now deceased told me stories of “back in the day”. She told me that she would walk from Holmes Rock to Hepburns Town then she would cross the creek to get to Pinder
s Point where some of her family members where. Well back when I was doing my coursework we looked at the differences between the east and west of the Harbour. The east represented Pinders Point and the west was Hepb urns town. We looked at the differences in rocks/minerals and we look at how each side was different from the next from waves per minute and even wind pressure. The overall conclusion was that there was differences eventhough at one point It was all one. After 59 years a lot changes erosion and Hurricanes. I look at it now knowing the history and understanding the purpose of the Creek Aggreement.