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bound with iron straps for the seventy-hour
journey by steamer to New York. By the late
1890s, Bermuda bulbs had 90 percent of the
Easter lily market in the US.
Historian William Zuill and others have
credited General Hastings as the unquestioned pioneer of the commercial lily bulb
trade, the one who “showed that the bulbs
could be made pro;table and so laid the
foundation for one of the colony’s most
stable industries.” Bermudians participating
in the trade included Harley Trott, who made
a splash in the horticultural world in 1883 by
exhibiting prize-winning monster specimens
of the lily plants in New York and London.
By the late 1890s, 4,000 of Bermuda’s 15,000
acres were under cultivation—in lilies, as well
as onions, potatoes and other winter garden
crops. Such cultivation required ;eld-labour,
and the lilies thus helped stimulate the in;ux
of Portuguese workers—chie;y Azoreans
and Madeirans—to Bermuda, where they
for the Point Shares acreage and promptly
planted an acre of lily bulbs in its Tamarind
Valley. He also built a handsome, rambling
two-storey house of Bermuda stone, with
a spacious piazza overlooking the water,
christening it “Soncy,” which, he explained in
his memoirs, was “a Scotch word signifying
thri;, prosperity, and all things good.”
Hastings and the lilies did indeed prosper,
the bulbs bringing $150 a thousand, the
pro;ts enabling him to remit considerable
sums to his New York bank. A;er harvesting
his ;rst major crop in September 1883, Hast-
ings steadily increased his plantings so that
all of Soncy’s available arable land—some
ten acres—was under cultivation by 1888.
By 1890, visitors to the island rhapsodised
over the beauty of the estate, with its palm-
lined circular driveway and a cornucopia
of 100,000 lilies in bloom in the ;elds. ;e
1 General Russel Hastings