Awesome Bahamas Facts
Although the nation is often referred to as "The Bahamas," it is officially recognized as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Bahamas are in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba, northwest of Turks & Caicos, and south and east of Florida. This island nation is made up of about 700 islands, as well as islets and cays, although only around 30 of them are inhabited. The Bahamas islands were inhabited by Arawak Indians prior to European arrival. Columbus landed in 1492, and the British started to establish colonies in the 1600s. The Bahamas were a Crown colony until 1964, when they were given internal self-government. The Bahamas achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973.
Interesting facts about the Bahamas:
The term Bahamas comes from the Spanish phrase "baja mar," which means "low tide" or "shallow water or sea."
The Bahamas were once a popular hideaway for pirates looking to conceal their loot.
The Bahamas is a 5,358-square-mile archipelago.
The Bahamas have a total of 2,200 kilometers of coastline.
The Bahamas have a population of about 307,000 people.
Nassau is home to about 60 percent of the Bahamas' population (248,948 people).
Nassau is the Bahamas' capital city.
The Bahamas is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.
Despite its independence, the Bahamas acknowledge Queen Elizabeth II as the country's head of state.
The shattered seashells that have gotten mingled with the sand on the beaches of the Bahamas have turned the sand pink.
The highest peak in the Bahamas is Mount Alvernia, which is situated on Cat Island. It stands at a height of 200 feet.
In the Bahamas, there are about 315 days of sunlight per year.
The yellow elder is the Bahamas' national flower. This flower is said to aid in the treatment of diabetes and digestive problems.
The Bahamas' national tree, the Lignum Vitae, is also a possibly endangered species.
The flamingo is the Bahamas' national bird. They became an endangered species as a result of excessive killing and efforts to remove them off the islands. They are now protected.
The Bahamas' national fish is the blue marlin. In one of his renowned books, The Old Man and the Sea, famed writer Ernest Hemingway wrote about the fish.
Because of their position, the Bahamas are particularly susceptible to storms, especially in the spring and autumn.
Agriculture and fishing used to be the mainstays of the Bahamas' economy. Tourism, shipping, and financial services have all become important parts of the Bahamas' economy today.
The Bahamian dollar is the currency of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean. In the Bahamas, tourism employs half of the population, while financial services employs 17%.
The Bahamas have no venomous snakes, however they do have iguanas, parrots, wild horses, goats, and pigs.
Sloop sailing is the national sport of the Bahamas.
Cricket, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and horse racing are all popular sports in the Bahamas.
Legend, folklore, custom, and belief abound throughout Bahamas culture.