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Published on Aug 28, 2009
Once inhabited by the Lucayan Indians, Abaco entered modern history in 1513 when Ponce de Leon made land here as he searched for the Fountain of Youth. Although the islands soon became a popular home-base for pirates, it wasn't until the 1780's however that the islands were settled permanently. After the Revolutionary War, over 600 Loyalists from the former American colonies fled to Abaco and founded the village of Carleton Point, near today's Treasure Cay. While this original settlement did not survive, other settler villages such as Marsh Harbour and Hope Town continue to thrive, and are celebrated for their historic charm. Today, Abaco is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, renowned for its natural beauty and enchanting island hospitality. http://www.abacobeachresort.com/