Crooked island sits along-side with Acklins Island and Long Cay. The outer part of this bank is lined with a barrier reef at least 50 miles long. The island itself has an irregular shoreline and is indented with deep inlets and sounds and lined by beautiful beaches. The main road runs along the north shore. Inland, briny lagoons and swamps cover much of the island. The rest is shrub and dense pockets of woodland that have never been cleared. The island is a bounty of herons, ospreys, egrets, mockingbirds, hummingbirds, and flamingos. It is also home to some 28 sub-species of endemic butterflies. Ruins on the island are a testament to the islands interesting history.
Christopher Columbus made mention of Crooked Island in his journals as he sailed there in 1492. He named the island “Isabella” after the queen of Spain. He also referred to it “The Fragrant Islands” as he wrote: “When I arrived there…there came from the land the scent of flowers or trees,so delicious and sweet, that it was the most delightful thing in the world.”
During this voyage Columbus noted flocks of parrots that “darkened the sun” and a salt lagoon on the shore of which his sailors killed a snake “seven palms in length.”
The island was not colonized until the American revolution when British Loyalists fled the American colonies in large numbers. Many plantations were started immediately and prosperity came to the Island. Sadly, it was shortly lived as the thin soil was quickly over worked and the voracious chenille bug devastated crops.