pirates were not surprised by Rogers arrival. They had discovered
a document on a captured ship that stated the English government's
plan to eradicate piracy. The pirates met and discussed the situation.
Most decided to surrender but some refused and were later captured
his arrival Rogers was faced with some serious problems. The Bahamas
was in poor state -it was filthy, in disrepair, the fort was in
ruins, buildings were dilapidated, and the roads overgrown. Rogers
had to use his own money to try to overcome these problems.
his first tenure of office 1718-21 Rogers succeeded in expelling
the pirates, in cleaning up Nassau, rebuilding the fort and reforming
the civil government. It was during his administration the Bahamas'
first motto "Expulsis, Piratis, Restituta Commercia" was
1729 he arrived in The Bahamas with instructions to call an assembly.
As a result an election was held and twenty-six members were elected.
One of the men elected, John Colebrook, became Rogers' political
enemy. He seriously opposed Rogers' policies and influenced others
in spite of political problems the new House of Assembly passed
a number of laws one of which was an act for the laying out of the
Town of Nassau.
1732 Woodes Rogers died and was buried in Nassau. The Woodes Rogers
Primary School was named to commemorate the contribution of the
First Royal Governor to The Bahamas.