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The dock at Bambarra, Middle Caicos.

Bambarra

Bambarra, Middle Caicos

Along with Conch Bar and Lorimers, Bambarra is one of three settlements on Middle Caicos.

The second largest settlement on the island, nothing much happens in this sleepy village. Only two churches, a school, a few villas and some private residential homes are found here. No shops or restaurants are located here.

The annual Valentine's Day Cup model sailboat race held on the excellent and sheltered Bambarra Beach is one of the few days that crowds gather in Bambarra.

Origin of the Name and History

Many of the residents on Middle Caicos and North Caicos are descendents of the Trouvadore, a Spanish slave ship that was shipwrecked in 1841 near East Caicos. Due to the fact that the slave trade was illegal in both the United Kingdom and Spain at this time, the ship was operating illegally and exact records of it's origin and route are not known.

Many Caribbean slaves had their ancestral origins from the western coast of Africa. Mali (located on the western part of Africa) is home to a large ethnic group called the Bambara (with a single 'r') people, and it's quite possible the slaves were from this group. This is a likely origin of the current name Bambarra.

This village is the namesake for Bambarra Rum, a rum-blender based in Providenciales.

Bambarra, Middle Caicos.

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