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Lucaya(s), Lucayo(es)

[cf. LUCAYAN and current Sp. Islas Lucayas and Fr. Lucayes the Bahamas] n. Obs. 1. former name of the Bahamas: 1601 They dressed a ship to cross the windward gulf to the islands of the Lucayos (account of Ponce de Leon's 1513 voyage: quoted by Craton 1962: 42), 1670 The Bahama Islands, or the Islands of the Lucayos (quoted by Hassam 1899:11). 1895 Lucayas or Bahama Islands (Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, quoted by Curry 1928:20). cf. LUCAIK ISLANDS

2. former name of the island of Abaco: 1782 Lucayos (or Abaco) (Bruce 45). 1788 The other more important islands ... Long Island, Lucaya, Andros.... Great Bahama (Schoepf 314). 1804 This latter island, called sometimes Yucaya, Lucayoe, or Lucayoneque, lies in a northwesterly direction from 10 to 15 leagues distant from Eleuthera (McKinnen 262). cf. LUCAYONEQUE, YUCAYA

Tags: Abaco, geography, island, Lucayan, noun

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Last update: 2011-06-03 06:27
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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