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Bahamas

  • Demonym: Bahamian

  • Vicinity: Southeast of Florida, north of Cuba
  • Official Name: Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • Type: Nation


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The Bahamas is a developed, English-speaking Caribbean nation composed of hundreds of islands covering a territory approximately the size of California. Tourism and financial services comprise the two largest sectors of the economy. Independent from the United Kingdom since 1973, The Bahamas is a Commonwealth nation with a democratic tradition more than a century old. The capital, Nassau, is located on New Providence Island. To the north lies Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the nearest sizeable settlement to Florida's major shipping hub, and second most important populous city in The Bahamas. - US State Department, January 31, 2013

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chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba - The World Factbook

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Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 24


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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. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, 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. - The World Factbook


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