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Island nation in the Atlantic ocean

  • The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a nation consisting of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and islets.
  • Its land area is 13,939 sq km and has a population of 353,658.
  • Its capital is Nassau.
  • The Bahamas were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492.
  • It became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British clamped down on piracy.
  • Slavery was abolished in 1834.
  • The Flamingo is its national bird.
  • There is no income tax or corporate tax levied in Bahamas.
  • Its currency is the Bahamian Dollar which is held equivalent to the US Dollar.
  • 80% of Bahamian natives are of African descent.
  • Bahamas women's 4x100 relay team won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • Johnny Depp owns an island in the Bahamas.
  • It is one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere (after US and Canada)
  • The British made the islands internally self-governing in 1964.
  • Sir Roland Symonette of the United Bahamian Party as the first premier.
  • The fourth James Bond film Thunderball was partly filmed in 1965 in Nassau.
  • The yellow elder is its national flower. This flower blooms throughout the year
  • People from Bahamas are called Bahamians.
  • Tourism and offshore finance are two pillars of the economy of the nation.
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