According to The Florida Keys Cookbook, where I found this recipe, the Bahamians held the conch in mystical regard, believing its consumption enhanced male potency. They brought the recipe with them when they immigrated to the Florida Keys.
Conch Chowder - A Conch Chowder Recipe to Die For: Sort of a blend of Bahamian and South Florida culture, this is a wonderful Conch recipe. For us, this chowder works as a side dish to serve with dinner, or it just works as dinner. Very flexible, it goes with just about any seafood served as a main course.