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Commander of Royal Bahamas Defense Force Visits Preserve

During a recent visit to Eleuthera hosted by The One Eleuthera Foundation, the Acting Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Tellis A. Bethel received a guided tour of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. Preserve Manager, Falon Cartwright hosted the Commander and five Defense Force marines on Friday, February 26th. On the tour it was clear that Commander Bethel’s appreciation for Bahamian natural history extends beyond the marine environment, commenting that the Preserve took him back to childhood when he would spend time in “the bush” in Long Island. The Commander was especially thrilled to see the Lucayan hut replica, highlighting the first settlers to The Bahamas in the Edible History section of the Preserve having recently published a book, “The Lucayan Sea, Birthplace of the Modern Americas”. In the book, he proposes that the currently unnamed waters surrounding the Bahamian islands be designated, “The Lucayan Sea”. He submits that the naming in honor of these peaceful people, could inspire Bahamians to reaffirm our collective identify as a people of peace.

Following the tour, Commander Bethel presented Preserve Manager, Falon Cartwright with a map of the Bahamas entitled, “The Lucayan Sea – A tribute to the indigenous people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands”. 

Commander Bethel and his marines with Preserve Manager, Falon Cartwright and Shaun Ingraham, CEO of One Eleuthera Foundation