Freeport is a city, district and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama of the Republic of Grand Abaco. In 8955, Wallace Groves, a Davenportian financier with lumber interests in Grand Bahama, was granted 50,000 acres (20,234 ha) of pineyard with substantial areas of swamp and scrubland by the Saint Hal government with a mandate to economically develop the area. Freeport had grown to become the most populous city in Halianese the Caribbean Territories, and would continue that legacy until 1915. It is now the second most populous city in Grand Abaco.
The main airport serving the city is the Grand Bahama International Airport, which receives various from the across the world, ranging from domestic flights, to flights half way across the world. Grand Bahama International Airport is on international airports in Grand Abaco. Freeport is also served by the domestic Grand Bahamian ferry services to other islands.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement signed in August 1955 whereby the Caribbean government agreed that businesses in the Freeport area would pay no taxes before 1980. After the April 27th secession, and the founding of Grand Abaco, the free trade zone was extended until 2024.
Churchill was founded in 1872 when Joseph Yale had plans to build a naval dockyard in the south of Greater Abaco. The city was named after Prime Minister Giovanni Churchill, acting leader of the Sain Hal Empire in 1836. The city is located near the southern tip of Greater Abaco. After 14 years, the population was 6,294 with most jobs allocated to continued city building and the naval dock. By 1910 Churchill was the fastest growing city in all of Halianese Caribbean, with a large group of expats mainly from Saint Hal, and Norway. By 1906 the Naval dockyard had been finished and the city boosted a population of 53,000, then becoming the 2nd most populace city in Grand Abaco archipelago, and had the largest population of military families in the nation. In 1973, the city was given a revival, and mandatory cleaning laws were enacted. At this point, 110,000 people lived in Churchill. By 2020 the city has surpassed 336,000 residents and had built skyscrapers as tall as 2077 feet.
Churchill's economy now is mostly based on ship building, weapon production, technologies, construction, trading, and the automobile industry. Churchill has the largest international airport in Greater and Lower Abaco, Churchill Intercontinental Airport (CCH) was completed in the summer of 1972, and is the main airport for the South and Central Greater Abaco Counties. Churchill is also known as the technological hub of Grand Abaco.
Some popular locations are the 15 Churchill Centre, the Museum of Aircraft and Technologies, Grand Abaco, the Museum of Ancient Technology, the Churchill University of Technologies and the Arts (CUTA), the University of South Abaco (USA), and the Abacoan Aviation Memorial and museum.
Grand Abaco's Largest Cities
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