On Generation Property

There is a lot of talk these days about generation property, the practice by which Bahamians have owned land throughout the archipelago throughout the ages. It’s a problem, we’re told; it impedes development. Time for us to fix the system.

Well, good. Just as long as we don’t fix the system by making it just like every other land-owning system in the western world.

Keep in mind the following points. First, generation property is an oral way of organizing people’s relation to land. The principles that govern the custom are fundamentally different from the principles that govern every other system of land ownership; and any bid to deal with the system must recognize and respect this fact.

Second, generation property is a strategy that has provided the descendents of slaves with access to land that is unprecedented in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

Third (and this point is closely related to my second), generation property has provided black Bahamians with the ownership of prime land in a region where the second-class position of people of non-European descent is pretty universally entrenched.

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3 thoughts on “On Generation Property

  1. I need to know how it is that you go about getting generation property. My great-grandfather left a whole line of generation properties in Andros some said to be even waterfront property I would like to own at least an acre of property over there part for a farm and another for my home. I don’t know where the law will be headed in years to come but I need to get mine before its too late. Please reply


  2. there is a situation with my family that has now gone to court. my uncle has a house on our generation property, he build this house from he was a teenager. He died six years ago(2001) at the age of 66. He did not have any children and his wife is also deceased. who can claim the house and property?. I have a sister who got promission from our aunts to live in the house. now that the house is in a livable condition, she have been confronted by three other family members who claims they own the house. two of them have taken her to court to have her put the house. she has been living in the house about a year now. what advice can you give please.


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