Gabrielle F. Culmer

The Eleutherian Voyagers and Beyond


New history travel book in progress.


In this short historical research and travel study, Gabrielle attempts to clarify the myths and combs through the historical material to examine the lives and genealogy of the small group of first settlers to Eleuthera in 1648, and originally from the UK. She uses actual photographs of the undeveloped physical scenery that they would have first encountered on their expedition along the long island’s landscape.

It is intriguing why they left their homes, the lifestyle they initially endured and how they survived. Some of which has been alluded to in the study. The historical information collected about daily life requires accuracy. Gabrielle also uses exclusive knowledge by having partial ancestry on the island and having spent many holidays over two decades.

The author objectively scans through the material. She starts with the factual background and history of some of the illustrious lives of the people who likely started the expedition to the unknown and the socio-economic consequences of their plight. “Elutheria” was once considered to be an “Isle in the middle of the ocean” among the 17th century navigators. She describes the evolution over centuries of how a small island evolved and produced thriving descendants from undeveloped terrain and the journeys that reintegrated them into modernity. This is a story of determination and sacrifice of those who contributed to start a new way of life.