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The Bahamas

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Introduction:

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Piracy thrived in the 17th and 18th centuries because of The Bahamas close proximity to shipping lanes. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management.

Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis (2017- ) is only the fourth Prime Minister in Bahamian history following its independence from the UK; he is also the first Prime Minister in 25 years besides Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham, who repeatedly traded the premiership from 1992 to 2017.

 

The Bahamas Flag
Flag

The Bahamas Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
332,634 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Central America and the Caribbean
Area:
total= 13,880 sq km

Government:
Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
Capital:
Nassau

Internet Code:
.bs

Airports:
61 (2013)

Websites

Government
Wikipedia
Travel
Video
Webcam

The Bahamas Locater
Locater

The Bahamas Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image 
THE BAHAMAS
Mission/Frame: STS119-E-10878
Spacecraft Altitude: 190 nautical miles (352 km)
Features:
NASSAU

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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