50 Fascinating Facts About the Bahamas

The Bahamas—just mentioning the name conjures up visions of crystal-clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and many cruise ships. The Bahamas is indeed a popular vacation destination for many people worldwide, but you might be shocked at how little you know about this group of islands! Whether you're planning a trip to the Bahamas or are simply curious, the time has come for another chapter of the Facts You Might Not Have Known: Bahamas facts edition.

Fascinating Facts

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The Bahamas is a Caribbean nation located in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas is an island series in the North Atlantic Ocean consisting of approximately 700 islands. About thirty of the islands remain inhabited.
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The Bahamas is located on the continent of North America. The islands are located northeast of Cuba & southeast of Florida/United States of America. The Bahamas islands are located approximately 88 kilometers (55 miles) off Florida, United States of America.
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Andros is the biggest of roughly 700 islands.
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The Bahamas' most populous island, New Providence, is home to the capital city. Around 70% of the country's population is on New Providence Island.
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The aggregate land area of 700 islands is somewhat smaller than the combined land area of Connecticut and the United States of America.
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Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the Bahamas.
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The Bahamas has the western hemisphere's third-highest per capita GDP. The Bahamas is home to the world's most bottomless blue hole.
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The Bahamas seems to be the only country whose currency has a marching band.
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The Bahamas hosts the world's largest Boxing Day extravaganza.
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The Bahamas is among the most incredible cave diving destinations in the world.
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The Bahamas has the world's seventh-highest number of registered ships. The Bahamas has no sales nor income taxes.
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Following the departure of the island's first royal governor, Captain Woodes Rogers, the slave trade was the island's primary economic operation. In 1838, the island country abolished slavery.
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After the country won independence on 10th July 1973, 'Lynden O' became the country's first prime minister.
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In the 1980s, the island established itself as a hub for drug trafficking. According to reports, over 90% of cocaine reached the United States via the Bahamas.
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There is no train on the island, while the bigger islands' road network totals 2,693 kilometers.
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Hurricane Floyd wreaked havoc on the island, and the country witnessed a decline in visitors.
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Another powerful hurricane struck 2004, and the Bahamas, Hurricane Frances, wreaking havoc on living and non-living things.
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The Bahamas government offers a maternity stipend as well as a 13-week maternity benefit for each live delivery.
Tourism accounts for around 40%-45% of the national economy. It boasts beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and a plethora of recreational and resort amenities.
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Gambling is legalized in the Bahamas for non-Bahamians visiting the country.
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Nassau is the Bahamas' capital city. There are around 280,000 residents.
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Nassau, the capital city, is named after King William III of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1650–1702). King William III was indeed a member of the Orange-Nassau House. However, when Nassau was created in 1665, it was initially named Charles Town in memory of King Charles II.
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The islands being inhabited by Lucayans for an extended period before Columbus arrived in San Salvador or Guanahani in 1492. The first English immigrants arrived on the islands in 1648 to find a Puritan colony.
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The islands are composed of corals and are often flat, except for a few tiny hills.
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Cat Island, at the height of 64 meters/209 feet, is the tallest.
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Only 1% of the land is arable. The primary agricultural products include sugar cane, cassava, fruits including mangoes, citrus fruits, dates, bananas, and vegetables. However, over 80% of food is imported.
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The phrase 'Bahamas' derives from 'Baja mar,' which translates as shallow seas.'
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Aquamarine, yellow, and black are the national colors.
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The flamingo, a blue marlin, as well as the elder yellow blossom are all national emblems.
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Although the Bahamas is among the wealthiest countries in America, the government is heavily reliant on tourism. In the Bahamas, most individuals work in the service and tourist industries, with almost half of Bahamians engaged in tourism.
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The Bahamas are home to approximately 397,000 people. The islands of New Providence are home to two-thirds of the inhabitants.
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The overwhelming majority of Bahamas residents are Christians (95 percent).
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Among notable Bahamians is Lynden Pindling, whose liberal party aided in the country's independence from England. Nassau's international airport is named after him.
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Although English is the official language of the Bahamas, Bahamian English is a mashup of British English with African with island vernacular. The pronunciation is distinctive because the 'he is frequently omitted in terms such as home, which becomes 'ouse,' or thanks, which becomes 'thanks.
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The Junkanoo is by far the most famous Bahamian event.
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The Bahamas' national bird is the flamingo.
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There are around 370 bird species reported in the Bahamas, including six unique species like the yellow-breasted Bananaquit.
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The Bahamas is renowned for their beautiful marine ecosystems and the third biggest barrier reef in the world, which circles Andros Island. Sharks, manta rays, sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, and hawksbill turtles call the ocean waters around the islands home, and the Bahamas boast some of the world's most incredible diving and snorkeling.
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The Bahamas' currency is the Bahamian dollar. However, the US dollar is widely recognized in many locations.
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Salt, wood, & aragonite, limestone minerals are the primary natural resources.
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The United States of America, Poland, South Korea, and Japan are the primary commercial partners.
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Freeport and Nassau are the most important ports.
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Seafood is a primary source of food. Conch, or 'konk,' is a mollusc that is considered the Bahamas' national dish.
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Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island, Bahamas, gets its pink sand from Foraminifera, a small sea creature with a vivid pink or red shell.
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Mount Alvernia, on Cat Island, is the Bahamas' highest peak at 63 meters.
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During the glacial epoch, the sea level was as much as 250 feet lower than it is now. During this historical period, acid rain corroded the limestone that comprises the islands, resulting in hundreds of vertical and lateral cave systems beneath the islands.
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The term "Bahamas" derives from the Spanish phrase "baja mar," which translates as "shallow water or sea."
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The national flower is the yellow elder, the national tree is the Lignum Vitae (tree of life), the national bird is the flamingo, and the national fish is the blue marlin.
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Versailles Gardens in Paradise Island is a famous wedding venue in the Bahamas.
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On Grand Bahama Island, Lucayan National Park contains the world's most extended (recorded) underwater cave system.

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