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Interesting facts about the Bahamas

Bahamas or Commonwealth of the Bahamas are a chain of  islands in the West Indies. They stretch for about 700 miles from the southeastern coast of Florida as far as the southern tip of Cuba.

The Bahamas cover an area of about 4,404 square miles and have a population of about 338 958. There are more than 1,000 islands in the chain, but only about 30 are inhabited. Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is on New Providence Island.

Interesting facts about the Bahamas - street parade Interesting facts about the Bahamas - location map

Interesting facts about the Bahamas

A street parade in Nassau, the capital of the islands, near Bahama hotel. The style of the uniforms and helmets is a reminder of British rule (in 1973 state has received independence from the British Empire)

The location map shows the position of the Bahamas island chain (marked in black)

White coral beaches, a warm, sunny climate and beautiful scenery have made the Bahamas one of the world’s most fashionable tourist resorts. There are many brightly colored birds and fish to be seen throughout the islands. Tourism provides most of the income of the Bahamas. Many things involve tourists here, the Bahama hotels are considered as one of the best for example. The most important industry is the production of salt. Other exports include wood pulp, tomatoes, cucumbers and crayfish.

Bahamas facts for kids: an underwater fisherman

Bahamas facts for kids: an underwater fisherman has speared a crayfish. These relatives of lobsters are good to eat and are an important Bahaman export

In 1492, Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover the islands. He probably landed at San Salvador Island.

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