The Bahamas

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The Abaco Islands - Hope Town Lighthouse © bahamas.com

The Abaco Islands – Hope Town Lighthouse © bahamas.com

The Bahamas officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is a nation consisting of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets (rocks). It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the United States (nearest to the state of Florida). Its land area is 13,939 km2 (5,382 sq mi), with an estimated population of 330,000. Its capital is Nassau. Geographically, The Bahamas lie in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands; the designation of Bahamas refers normally to the Commonwealth and not the geographic chain.

Originally inhabited by the Lucayans, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, The Bahamas were the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. Although the Spanish never colonized The Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The main islands are Abaco, Acklins, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island and Long Cay, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, New Providence, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Spanish Wells.

The Abaco Islands - Hope Town Lighthouse © bahamas.com Districts of the Bahamas © Uniongreen113 Andros Island - hammock © bahamas.com Andros Island - motor boat © bahamas.com Bahamian Parliament © UpstateNYer Cat Island - The Hermitage © bahamas.com Eleuthera Island - Glass-Window-Bridge © bahamas.com Inagua Island - Native-Flamingos © bahamas.com Mayaguana Island - Pirates Well Beach © bahamas.com Nassau - Fort Charlotte © bahamas.com Paradise Island - Changing Of The Guard in Nassau © bahamas.com Paradise Island - Diving on Nassau © bahamas.com Paradise Island Marina © bahamas.com Paradise Island - Nassau - Boating & Sailing © bahamas.com Paradise Island - Nassau - Pirates of Nassau © bahamas.com Prince George Wharf in Nassau Harbor ©TampAGS Splendors of Long Island © bahamas.com The Bimini Islands - Bimini Bay © bahamas.com The Bimini Islands - Bimini Bay © bahamas.com The Berry Islands - Chub Cay © bahamas.com The Abaco Islands - Treasure Cay Beach © bahamas.com
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Paradise Island - Changing Of The Guard in Nassau © bahamas.com
The Bahamas became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British clamped down on piracy. Following the American War of Independence, thousands of pro-British loyalists and enslaved Africans moved to The Bahamas and set up a plantation economy. The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807 and many Africans liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled in The Bahamas during the 19th century. Slavery itself was abolished in 1834 and the descendants of enslaved and liberated Africans form the bulk of The Bahamas’s population today.

In terms of GDP, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas, (following Bermuda, The United States, Cayman Islands, Canada, and The British Virgin Islands) and one of the richest in the world whose population is predominantly of African origin.

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