Harbor View Vacation Rental in Exuma

A Little Bit Of History in Exuma

Salt Monuments

Imagine your the captain of a sailing vessel in the Caribbean in the  1700s. You don’t have electricity on board so no refrigeration and no way to make or store ice. So how are you going to feed that mutinous crew some meat?

Two solutions to that problem. First when we were last in port we brought aboard some live sheep and a cow.  But once we slaughter the animals we have to find a way to preserve the meat, and thats where the second solution comes in, we store the meat in salt.

Next problem is where do we find salt in sufficient quantity for our needs? That brings us to The Salt Monuments. These beacons were built in a prominent Oceanfront location to indicate to passing ships that this was the place to get quantities of sea salt.

The salt was obtained by clearing an area of land that was close to the coast, had some surrounding land at a higher elevation and below the high tide line. Then as the tide rose sea water would flood the area, then dam the entryway so the water was trapped. Let nature evaporate the water and you are left with salt beds which would be raked and packaged for sale. The backbreaking job of raking, and the action of the salt on the skin, made this a most unpleasant task, which over time would cause serious sight problems from the glare of the white salt crystals.

And all to avoid a mutiny !

Come to Exuma and see our two monuments still standing after 300 years.

 

Created by Don

Exploring Moriah Cay

Northshore of Moriah Cay

Directly in front of our home, Harbour View is Moriah Cay, a  designated Marine Reserve. I am therefore fortunate enough to kayak across the calm Ocean on a regular basis to explore and watch the abundant species of fish that use the shores and the mangroves as a nursery.
Today the 29th November the air temperature is 87 degrees as I paddled over the short distance that separates Moriah Cay from the mainland, anchored, and set off walking along the shore of the inland lake. Within minutes I attracted the attention of three baby nurse sharks who came to investigate what was stirring up the shallows. As usual they get with a foot or so before realizing my size and scattering away. The color of the water never ceases to amaze me, the vivid blues that Exuma is famous for. After 30 minutes I cut across to the North shore and walk the soft sand beach watching and hoping to find some undamaged shells. No sting rays patrolling the shoreline this time. Eventually I get back to the kayak after a two hour walk and I did not see another person on the island…My idea of heaven.

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