Pindling, Sir Lynden O.
PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS 1930-2000
Sir Lynden O. Pindling (1930-2000) was prime minister of the
Bahamas (1967-92). He was leader of the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) and in 1973 he led the country to independence
from Great Britain.
Pindling is credited in spurring the development of
international banking and investment management as a major
industry and more importantly for fighting for equal rights
for all Bahamians.
In the 1980s he was accused of corruption and accepting
bribes from drug traffickers. Those allegations and a depressed
economy (caused by his xenophobic policies towards foreigners--
the lifeblood of the country's economy) contributed to his party's
defeat in 1992 by the Free National Movement (FNM) which promised
freer markets and less government intervention in personal affairs.
Whatever his errors Sir Lynden O. Pindling can be considered
the modern father of the Bahamas.