Bahamas Islands

An archipelago of 700 islands and cays, Bahamas Islands lies in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands are located in the east of Florida United States, north of Cuba and northwest of the British colony Of Turks and Caicos Islands. Bahamas Islands is part of the Commonwealth Nations.

The Bahamas Islands, better known as The Bahamas, has been inhabited by Paleo-Indians, Taino Indians and Cubans from 7th century AD. The islands became a part of the British governance in 1718. this period witnessed an influx of a population of about 8000 people moving into Bahamas from New York, Florida and the Carolinas. They became the early settlers of the Bahamas.

It was in 1973, the Bahamians got their free land out of the clutches of the British and a self government was established on the island. since then the Bahamas ahs never looked back and has prospered into a developing nation based on the twin pillars of tourism and financial services. Education, health and hygiene and internal crime are the major challenges the country faces toady. The island has undoubtedly established itself as a powerhouse in the tourism sector drawing thousands of tourists every year.

The Bahamas is surrounded by numerous islands. It has the island of Abaco to its east and Inagua at its southern most tip. Other major islands consisting the archipelago are the Eleuthera, Cat Island, San Salvador, Acklins, Crooked Island, Exuma and Mayaguana. The capital city of the island is Nassau which incidentally is the largest city as well. The Caicos Islands and the Turks islands along with the areas of Mouchoir Bank, Silver Bank, and Navidad Bank forms the extension of Bahamas in the southeast region. Though these are not direct part of Bahamas.

A stable economically progressing nation, Bahamas is mainly dependent on tourism and offshore banking. Tourism alone contributes 60% to the total GDP of the country and employs half the labor force directly or indirectly. Manufacturing and agriculture industry adds strength to the economy of the island.

English is the most widely spoken language in the island. Africans dominate the population of Bahamas Islands followed by the Caucasian, Asians and Hispanics.

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