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Country Fast Facts: Bahamas


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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 have 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 U.S. and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the U.S.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an English-speaking nation consisting of two thousand cays and seven hundred islands that form an archipelago. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida and the United States, north of Cuba and the Caribbean, and northwest of the British overseas territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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