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The Bahamas

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The Bahamas, formally the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an archipelago state in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the US state of Florida; and east of the Florida Keys. Nassau, on the island of New Providence, serves as its capital. The term “The Bahamas” may apply to either the country itself or to the broader island chain it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s mandate/manifesto, the Bahamas territory includes 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of maritime area.

In 1492, Columbus made his first landing in the New World in the Bahamas. Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, occupied the islands at the time. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they transported the indigenous Lucayans to Hispaniola as slaves. From 1513 until 1648, the islands were largely abandoned until English colonists from Bermuda arrived on the island of Eleuthera.

In 1718, when the British cracked down on piracy, the Bahamas became a British Crown province. The Crown relocated hundreds of American Loyalists in the Bahamas after the American War of Independence; they brought their slaves and built plantations on land concessions. Africans made up the vast bulk of the population throughout this time period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves for several reasons: the Royal Navy resettled Africans liberated from illegal slave ships here; American slaves and Seminoles escaped from Florida here; and the government freed American slaves transported on United States domestic ships that arrived in the Bahamas due to bad weather. Slavery was abolished in the Bahamas in 1834. Today, descendants of slaves and free Africans make up almost 90% of the population; slavery-related problems pervade society.

In 1973, the Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth country, with Queen Elizabeth II serving as queen. The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest nations in the Americas in terms of gross domestic product per capita (behind the United States and Canada), with an economy centered on tourism and finance.

Bahamas | Introduction

The Bahamas , formally the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an island country located on the Lucayan Archipelago, made up of more than 700 islands, cays and islets situated in the Atlantic Ocean; located north of Cuba and the Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); and northwest of the...

How To Travel To Bahamas

By plane The largest airports in the Bahamas are in the capital Nassau on New Providence and Freeport on Grand Bahama. Smaller airports are scattered throughout the other islands. The Bahamas has six international airports, the largest being Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is located west of Nassau. With the boat The...

How To Travel Around Bahamas

By plane Bahamasair offers a comprehensive network that radiates out from Nassau and covers most population centres. However, fares are high, frequencies are low, aircraft are small and the airline is known for long delays. Many travellers in a hurry prefer charter flights. By bus Nassau/New Providence have a bus system called...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Bahamas

Foreign nationals from the following countries/territories do not require a visa to visit The Bahamas: American Samoa, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape...

Destinations in Bahamas

Islands New Providence (Nassau, Paradise Island)Dominated by the capital Nassau and connected to the small island of Paradise, home to the gigantic Atlantis casino complex. Grand BahamaAn ecological playground consisting of a system of underwater limestone caves. The Ecotourism Centre, which offers nature discovery tours, national parks and botanical gardens. Bimini Abacos and...

Accommodation & Hotels in Bahamas

Accommodation in the Bahamas is expensive and there is virtually no hostel-style accommodation. The cheapest hotels start at around US$70 and most hotels cost US$200-300/night, with the best resorts easily exceeding US$500. However, deals can be had in the summer low season. Please note that the Bahamas charges a "Service...

Food & Drinks in Bahamas

Food in Bahamas As you would expect from an island nation, seafood is very popular. The national dish is conch (pronounced "conk" with a hard K), a type of mollusc served fried ("cracked") or raw with a lemon zest, and as elsewhere in the Caribbean, the classic side dish is...

Money & Shopping in Bahamas

The national currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$), but it is pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 basis, and US dollars are accepted everywhere at face value. Therefore, Americans do not need to exchange money, and many tourist shops even give change in US dollars. Look out...

Festivals & Holidays in Bahamas

Festivals The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival that takes place on Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January). Junkanoo bands parade through the streets of the cities, especially in Nassau, wearing spectacular but disposable crepe paper costumes and playing the characteristic...

Culture Of Bahamas

In the less developed outer islands (or family islands), basketry is made from palm leaves, among other things. This material, commonly known as "straw", is woven into hats and bags, which are popular tourist items. Another use is for "voodoo dolls", although these dolls are a product of the...

History Of Bahamas

The Taino people settled in the uninhabited south of the Bahamas from Hispaniola and Cuba around the 11th century after migrating there from South America. They became the Lucayan people. It is estimated that 30,000 Lucayans were living in the Bahamas at the time of Columbus' arrival in 1492. Christopher...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Bahamas

Stay safe By the middle of the year 2007, the country had already recorded 42 murders. The murder count for 2010 was 96. Police statistics will show that most murders are linked to domestic violence or gang related disputes, mostly fueled by competition in the illegal drug trade. In 2011...

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