Sayles, former governor of Bermuda was the leader of
a group of 70 Bermudians who came to The Bahamas in 1647. Suffering
religious oppression in their homeland these people were looking
for a place where they could worship God freely. To this end the
island they settled on was given the name Eleuthera from the Greek
word meaning freedom.
1657 Sayle returned to Bermuda and in 1658 was re-appointed Governor,
a position he lost in 1662. However in 1670 the Lords Proprietors
of the Carolina made him governor of South Carolina. Sayles was
instrumental in encouraging the Lords Proprietors to successfully
apply for a grant of The Bahama Island in 1670. He died in 1671.
Primary School was named in his honour.