Tellis A. Bethel - Author PhotoNassau, Bahamas DEC 21, 2014 – Tellis Bethel has just released his latest book, ‘The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas.’ A naval officer by profession, Captain Bethel uncovers fresh insights concerning the rich heritage of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to unveil a hidden identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands at a critical juncture in their history. His timely research explores the plight of the indigenous Lucayans and the impact of world-changing events that originated from the shores of the Bahama chain of islands at the dawning of the modern Americas.

The peaceful Lucayans were an offshoot of an ancient migration that trekked eastward across Asia into North America. They were the first to settle the Bahama Islands, the first to welcome Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492, and the first to suffer total genocide at the beginning of a new era. Through this tragic episode and the historic events that followed, Captain Bethel reveals an ‘inherent responsibility’ for the inhabitants of these islands that, if fulfilled, would foster peace, security and prosperity for generations to come.

Like a maritime explorer of old, Captain Bethel takes readers on a voyage to ‘rediscover’ the New World of the Americas through the extraordinary heritage of the Bahama Islands and the peoples who inhabited them. As readers journey through the pages of this eye-opening book, they will discover:

• An ancient quest that culminated in the Bahama chain.

• The birthplace of the modern Americas.

• A leadership role that modern-day Bahamians and Turks and Caicos Islanders were meant to play within the Americas and the wider world.

• An inherent responsibility bestowed upon today’s inhabitants of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, and the many visitors to their shores as a result of the Lucayan genocide.

• A life-enriching identity for the people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands in light of their history, geography and culture.

• A proposed name for the waters surrounding the Bahama chain as a lasting tribute to the Lucayan legacy, and a reminder for all to help make the world a more peaceful place.

Now available online at (hard copy and kindle) and Barnes and Noble (hard copy), The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas will soon be available at bookstores in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

ABOUT The Author:

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Captain Tellis Bethel is a British-trained naval officer, currently serving in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as Deputy Commander Defence Force. His unique insights about the rich heritage of the Bahama Island chain speak to an identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands that are fundamental to their peace, security and prosperity. A graduate of the Britannia Naval College in Devon, England, Captain Bethel has a Master of Arts degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, York, England. Captain Bethel lives in Nassau, Bahamas with his wife, Teri, and their two sons.

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