Cat Island, Bahamas

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District of Cat Island
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Country23x15px Bahamas
Island20px Cat Island
Established1999
Government
 • TypeDistrict Council
 • Chief CouncillorHancil Strachan
 • Deputy Chief CouncillorCedric Wilson
Area
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Population
 (2000)
 • Total1,678
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Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)242

Cat Island is in the central Bahamas. It is one of the Districts of the Bahamas. Mount Alvernia is the countries highest point.

The first European settlers were Loyalists who fled the American Revolution. They arrived in 1783. The island may have been named after Arthur Catt, a pirate. Or the name may be for the one-time large population of feral cats.

Historically, the island gained wealth from cotton plantations. Now slash and burn farming is the main way of life for Cat Islanders. An economic crop is cascarilla bark. It is gathered and shipped to Italy. There it becomes a main ingredient in medicines, scents and Campari.

New Bight Airport and Arthur's Town Airport serve the island.

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