Dunmore Town, Harbour Island named after Lord Dunmore – colonial governor of Virginia during the American Revolutionary War, was the first the capital of The Bahamas with a rich and storied history dating back to the early 1700's. The first known map of the island was commissioned by Governor Woods Rodgers in 1718 - upon his successful mission to expel of the pirates from the islands and restore commerce. In the early 1800's wealthy merchants from Nassau, who were mostly crown loyalists, began summering on the island for its resort qualities and proximity from Nassau. In the 19th and 20th centuries ship building came into prominence – which was a complimenting trade to the talented house builders of the day. The largest ship ever built in The Bahamas was built on Harbour Is. in 1922. Well into the 20th century, the island continued to be a 2nd home resort for wealthy families from Nassau and the US. Before WWII there were a few small inns and guest houses on the island. One, the Little Boarding House, housed RAF officers during the War. In 1951 the first resort hotel opened on the island and remains open to this day – The Pink Sands. Harbour Island, now is famous for its pink sand beach which is found along the east side of the island, safe harobur, charming village and its warm and friendly people. (The pink hue of the sand comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell). Harbour Island is a wildly popular vacation and 2nd home destination for Americans, Canadians, Britons and Europeans alike. Known as Briland to the locals, Harbour Island is colourful with its unique Bahamain Colonial-style homes, flower lined narrow streets, world class restaurants and lively nightlife. Harbour Island, which is 3 miles long and one-half mile wide is considered part of the Out Islands of the Bahamas and accessed internationally via the North Eleuthera airport (ELH). Everyone's list of the world's top 10 beaches includes Harbour Island's famed Pink Sands Beach. The island in the last 20 years has become a sanctuary for the international jet-set crowd. One of the greatest appeals is the total integration that one experiences between the local resident and the visitor. The town in the resort, the resort is the town.