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All the places in VI named after 'murderers & thieves’- Cromwell Smith

- Calls for renaming of locations bearing the name of pirates
Talk show host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka', who hosts ‘Umoja’, Thursday nights on ZBVI 780 AM has called for the renaming of landmarks and locations named after pirates. Photo: VINO/File
Norman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar is most famous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. Named after a pirate, Norman Island also has a rich documented history of acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty. Photo: Internet Source
Norman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar is most famous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. Named after a pirate, Norman Island also has a rich documented history of acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty. Photo: Internet Source
Mr Cromwell Smith during the Thursday, January 9, 2020, edition of his show was having an overall discussion on culture with guest Ken Boynes, when he touched on the topic, calling for something to be done about the historic names, pointing out that the do not project a good image to youths. Photo: Facebook
Mr Cromwell Smith during the Thursday, January 9, 2020, edition of his show was having an overall discussion on culture with guest Ken Boynes, when he touched on the topic, calling for something to be done about the historic names, pointing out that the do not project a good image to youths. Photo: Facebook
In the Virgin Islands, places like Jost van Dyke and Thatch, are just a few other locations in the territory that is named after well-known pirates. Photo: Internet Source
In the Virgin Islands, places like Jost van Dyke and Thatch, are just a few other locations in the territory that is named after well-known pirates. Photo: Internet Source
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Outspoken and controversial talk show host, Mr Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka', who hosts the Umoja show on ZBVI 780 AM, has made calls for several prominent places in the Virgin Islands to be renamed, given that they were originally named after ‘Pirates and thieves’.

Mr Smith, during the Thursday, January 9, 2020, edition of his show, was having an overall discussion on culture with guest Ken Boynes, when he touched on the topic, calling for something to be done about the historic names, pointing out that they do not project a good image to youths. 

“All the places that we have is named after these murderers and thieves," Smith told the listening audience. 

His comments came after his guest expressed displeasure over the names, “we talk about young people and what we expect from them… but look at our historical places in the BVI... Blackburn highway etc… these men were pirates, there’s nothing good about a pirate,” Mr Boynes uttered.

It should be noted that the highway is actually named Blackburn Highway.

The US National Park Service (NPS) says the history of the VI is deeply rooted in piracy and privateering and is just one of many significant chapters in the story of the Caribbean; however, Mr Smith said it is a negative influence.

'Names telling youths its ok to be thugs' - Smith

Mr Smith further noted that authorities need to change all the names and pointed out that such names are only telling the youths that it is ok to be a pirate and a thug.

"You might get a harbour named after you, [or] a whole sea,' Boynes uttered.

One such pirate that traversed the area was Sir Francis Drake who passed through the islands in 1595 in yet another raid on the hated Spaniard.

He mustered a fleet of some 24 ships in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in a location now called Drake’s Anchorage and sailed down the channel between Tortola and the southern cays that now bears his name.

Norman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar is most famous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. Named after a pirate, Norman Island also has a rich documented history of acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty.

Pirate Flag culture 

Continuing on the conversation on air, it was also highlighted on Umoja that there is still a culture of flying pirate flags on buses and cars in the VI, "In America, it is illegal to fly a Nazi flag," Mr Boynes said. 

Smith added, "I don't know whether its legal or not, but those things that [are] not uplifting in their community they don't permit, so why should we permit it here?" Cromwell questioned. 

Both Mr Smith and his guest called for a starting point in history to preserve cultural values in the Virgin Islands, rather than documenting bad remnants of the past.

According to NPS, the known list of pirates that were operating in the islands is long. A few notable ones include Captain Kidd, Jean Hamlin, Stede Bonnet, Tempest Rogers, Bartholomew Sharp, and Black Sam Bellamy.

Specifically in the Virgin Islands, places like Jost van Dyke and Thatch, are just a few other locations in the territory that is named after well-known pirates.

45 Responses to “All the places in VI named after 'murderers & thieves’- Cromwell Smith”

  • Online Now (10/01/2020, 18:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow! You couldn’t make it up. Who is Unions named after?
    • smdh (11/01/2020, 12:48) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      Cromwell, Dude I would never want you in power. Your ideas are too way out there and useless. Like it or not this is our HISTORY. Yes the History of the Virgin Islands.
    • Edward says (12/01/2020, 10:55) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Cromwell Smith has been trying to change his name to a made up africanal sounding name for many many years. The problem is that nobody know his made up name so he always has to be referred to as Cromwell Smith aka ‘made up africanal name’.
      Why is he embarrassed to use the name his parents gave him?
      The man craves publicity and makes statements full of stupidness and foolishness just to get his name in the press.
      Just because he changed his name, he now wants to other names to be changed.
      Please go away Cromwell - nobody cares!
      • Names prophecy activity (12/01/2020, 11:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        For a lack of knowledge people parish
        Before u bash a man seek knowledge before vengeance
        Fill your head bfo opening yuh mouth!!!!
  • confusing (10/01/2020, 18:50) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
    At some point we are talking about preserving history and culture. now we want to divorce ourselves from our history.
    • Steve (11/01/2020, 07:47) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      @confusing. You got it wrong. We don't want to divorce ourselves from our history by no means. We want people to know the truth about these murderers. We never want people to forget what they did, and that is what should be taught in schools. What we don't want is their names on streets and buildings, making them look like some kind of hero. We want our REAL HEROES to be HONORED for their fights for freedom. Is RESPECT for those who suffered trying to make life right, too much to ask for?
    • brilliant (11/01/2020, 11:29) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes. glorify the oppressor and ignore the oppressed. Do you see this backwards degenerate thinking in Jewish history?

      Every single one of these historical places should be named after a slave of the same period, as we we continue to identify them.
  • Well Me Boy (10/01/2020, 19:00) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    Yo ho ho and a big a$$ spliff.

  • Pirate witch (10/01/2020, 19:22) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

    I am curious. Only know Blackburn highway

  • WTF (10/01/2020, 19:46) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    Is Cromwell Smith high?
  • apple pie (10/01/2020, 19:56) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
    He is correct very good points
  • Me (10/01/2020, 20:14) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    Really Cromwell!!! Sometimes I wonder if you all just sit and think up of things to say. Stop it with the youths ok. Even seniors don’t know so why are you going there. Leave it as it should be. It’s history thank you.
  • Sailor (10/01/2020, 20:14) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    He has finally lost the plot...
  • mean dean (10/01/2020, 20:20) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Crock of Shiggidy.
  • Greg (10/01/2020, 20:29) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
    Cromwell is RIGHT! Just like Columbus, get rid of our streets and holidays named after Thieves, Murderers, Rapists, and put in the school books, the truth about them and don't sugar coat it either. Our streets and importance places should be named after people who fought so long against slavery, racism and dehumanization. People who stood strong for the right things in life. Not those who came, conquered and massacred the original people who were already there. Why in the world do we celebrate these horrible people? Stop teaching our children lies and lets start at home teaching them the truth and refuse to participate in anything as a holiday, with the names of these horrible people.
  • north sound (10/01/2020, 20:35) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Who the hell is sir Francis Drake Please rename off speeds
  • Wondering... (10/01/2020, 21:06) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    What does he want to do about "Throw Way Wife Bay"?
    • Kingfish (11/01/2020, 09:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is a good one, not to many people know where that is.
      • and (11/01/2020, 23:20) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        Worse than that is the current coloniser lookalikes who name their business in honor of slave owners.
        Willie T i( William Thornton)s a perfect example.
        Deliberate disrespect to the VI and it's population of slave descendants. Not all humanlike forms are fully human. This is what I have come to understand.
        .
  • the rock (10/01/2020, 21:37) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lets go a step further, most last.names here in the bvi csrry slave masters names like Hodge, smith etc., neighbor hoods like macnanara, cockheats etc.
    • @ the rock (11/01/2020, 20:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Huntums Ghut got its name from William Huntums and Purcell Estate is from James Purcell so it's all over and Nottingham Estate from William and Marry Nottingham who freed their slaves and turn over the plantation to them
      • NezRez (12/01/2020, 23:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ @the rock. Wow, so Nottingham freed his Slaves. Why did he even think he could own other people in the first place? You all never think of this SH_T. They were all guilty of kidnapping, free labor, abusing and owning other people....GET IT?????? There is no such thing as a good slave master! Stupid IDIOT people!
    • *** (11/01/2020, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Coxheath...si called because it was owned by Mr Cox and Mr Heath.l.
      These surnames ,lcontinued as surnames of some," indigenous" British and US VIslanders. You,re welcome.
  • lodger (10/01/2020, 21:41) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cromwell, have you forgotten that Ralph Oneal got a law passed making it illegal to change the historic names of places. You would have to get that law rescinded or you will be breaking it.
  • Suspended Indefinitely (11/01/2020, 00:37) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    You boss keep your distance don’t come back around us talking this BS! When you truck break down the same so called thugs helped you. Did you grow up here now you come disrespecting our history!!!!!! Dog better than you!!!!!!!!!!!! You can’t even keep the name your modder gave to you even ashamed of you own family name or history. Sick to my gutt!
    • me again (11/01/2020, 10:21) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Suspended Indefinitely. Same thing I say , then so MANY family names will need changing also because they were DIRECTLY affiliated with slavery . Let’s not upset the bread cart for personal gain while leading the masses astray .He spent his youthful days out of the Territory, what has he done significantly to uplift the youth or make this place any better ? Make a POSITIVE input and let your work speak for you cousin Cromwell
      • Ruth (11/01/2020, 12:09) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        What’s in a name? A whole lot. Yes, lets change our names back to our original families in Africa. Do your genealogy search and lets change them back. Everything was taken from us and we need to rid ourselves of these horrible names. I already changed mine years ago for this exact reason. Lets find out who our ancestors were, and to hell with whoever don’t like it.
    • Weep (11/01/2020, 23:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You don't even know your name and neither does his or your modder,so what if he bravely changes it to a name that is more meaningful and closer to truth.
  • Breaking (11/01/2020, 04:00) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    HE is on to something
  • True (11/01/2020, 05:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    We continue to do it in recent years too. Look at that road by Banco Pop and read about that developer who lived here in the sixties. Foul play you say? If the wind don’t blow, like those men stoked the fire, you wouldn’t see fowl.. bottie.

    We can certainly do better than that.
  • josiah'sbay (11/01/2020, 06:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your conquerors and oppressors had no problem affixing their names to what and whom ever they conquered but we as a people find it so difficult rid ourselves of the imagery and admiration for those people that treated us horrible and meant us no good will. We lack critical thinking and suffer from arrested development. Research those people and get a more complete story of who they were and what they did so you can make betters decisions as to how they fit into your history.
  • namesake (11/01/2020, 09:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    That’s why it is called History because it’s HISTORY
    • SMH (11/01/2020, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      His-story
    • Yro (11/01/2020, 23:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      HIS STORY, not ours.
      A story,a fib is HIS STORY
      The world would be cool different,a better place if truth was taught in schools.
  • Hmmm (11/01/2020, 09:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Majority of the people won’t go for it and it’s only due to the fact it’s a good thing. The numbers of people against anything good will always out shine. The Bible talks about this kinda behavior. It’s a reason why chosen are few. Huge numbers don’t mean it’s all good. Tons of little devils around this place....
  • Pirates (11/01/2020, 10:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don't forget the pirates were robbing the robbers. This is still the bedrock of the BVI society even in today's so-called modern day era.
    May the best thief win.
  • The Highway need changing.. (11/01/2020, 12:33) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    I've been saying for years that NDP did such a great job on our road improvement. The 4 lane high way was a great vision by NDP.... That High way should be Given a new name. Example.. "2005 Highway".. then generation after generation will know this high way came about on 2005.. or whenever it came about. Name it that year.. Just a thought...
  • fuss (11/01/2020, 23:06) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Jeez, I’ve never known a place so obsessed with naming stuff. Just let us be, it tells a story.
  • Totally (12/01/2020, 08:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with him. Is full time we teach our children the truth instead of the muck we teach them. Cause in history on the school system we make it seem like the murderers, rapist And oppressors were great leaders rather than preaching the blunt truth. Teach them about our true african history and what really happened durning slavery. And rename everything that was named after colonizer after a slave that fought for our freedom. Wake up ppl and stop allowing yourself to be mentally enslaved!
  • Dr cool (12/01/2020, 10:15) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dude we use to respect u highly a country will always stick by its history so right now it cannot be your way it have to be how it suppose to I loose my respect for you I wouldn’t listen your program again u let us down
  • ?? (12/01/2020, 10:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    As unpleasant the memories these names hold of the past, we must not forget otherwise the future generations may repeat the awful experiences of our ancestors.

    The British passed the Abolition Slave Trade Act of 1807 followed by the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, and which paved the way for the Emancipation Proclamation of 1834 to the enslaved in the Virgin Islands.

    We need those names to help the generations to remember the past and the knowledge of the signs to look for leading up to pending doom (hint...hint or a take over).

    It only takes one generation to forget history - 30 to 40 years and that is why global and ancient history are essential in schools. I had that privilege in high school and college coupled with that received from preachers and religious teachers over the years that put the puzzle all together. Of course my curiosity led me to do more research and I was able to unravel the deception heavily influenced by the city that sits on 7 hills in Rome. We are all awoke now.

    The words of George Santayana, a writer and philosopher, influenced this variation of his quote:

    "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"


    Another variation is "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

    It is reported that its original form it read, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/george-santayana-quotes
  • Exactly history not ourstory (12/01/2020, 11:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do your research people the man makin sense
    Truth b told we jus want to be told we don’t want to study and edify
    Jus like story of jesus he jus as a good a Santa clause
    That right there is tuff to swallow vino might even post this comment becah of tha statement
  • Norris Turnbull (12/01/2020, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Still naming places and things in 2019 and 2020 after suspected thieves and enablers.
  • Much BS (13/01/2020, 13:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The only mistake being made is not marketing the whole pirate historical connection.


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