Smith's Parish

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Smith's Parish is one of the nine parishes of Bermuda. It is named for English aristocrat Sir Thomas Smith/Smythe (1558-1625).

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Parish Crest

DescriptionEdit

It is located in the northeast of the main island, at the southern end of Harrington Sound, the large lagoon close to the main island's northeastern tip. It is joined to Devonshire Parish in the southwest and Hamilton Parish in the northeast. As with most of Bermuda's parishes, it covers just over 2.3 square miles (about 6.0 km² or 1500 acres). It had a population of 5,984 in 2016.[1]

Natural features in Smith's include Spittal Pond, John Smith's Beach, Devil's Hole, Gibbet Island, and Portuagese Rock.

HistoryEdit

Like all of parishes of Bermuda, Smith's was named after one of the nine chief investors of the Somers Isles (Bermuda) Company. In this case, it was named for the Company's first governor, Sir Thomas Smith, who also acted as a governor for the East India Company and treasurer of the Virginia Company. Smith would go on to invest some £60,000 into Bermuda (only £20,000 less than what he invested in the much larger Virginia). Despite this, his contribution to his stake in the colony was minimal, and the area was briefly known as "Harris' Bay".

PoliticsEdit

For purposes of national representation, Smith's has been divided into three constituencies (Smith's South, Smith's West and Smith's North), and so has 3 representatives in Parliament. As of 2003, two of these are members of the UBP party, and one is a member of the PLP party.

EducationEdit

Schools in the Parish:

  • Harrington Sound Primary School[2]
  • Whitney Institute Middle School[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bermuda 2016 Census" (PDF). Bermuda Department of Statistics. December 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Home. Harrington Sound Primary School. Retrieved on September 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Whitney Institute Middle School Teacher Vacancy 2011/2012." Whitney Institute Middle School. Retrieved on September 14, 2016. "59 Middle Road Smith's, Bermuda FL 04"

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 32°18′55″N 64°44′06″W / 32.31528°N 64.73500°W / 32.31528; -64.73500