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Bahamas

Geography

The Bahamas represent the archipelago from about 700 islands and 2400 uninhabited islands and reeves located at distance in 50 miles from east coast of Florida. They stretch approximately for 760 miles (1223 km). Only about 30 islands are occupied, of which it is considered the most important New Providence (80 sq. miles; 207 sq.km) where the capital of the Bahamas - Nassau is located. Other islands are the Grandee Bagama, Abako, Elyyutera, Andros, Cat's island and San Salvador (or the island Uotlinga).

Form of government

Parliamentary democracy.

History

Aravaksky Indians were the first inhabitants of the Bahamas. On October 12, 1492 there was the first opening of the New World by Columbus when he landed on the Bahamas, to be exact on the island of San Salvador. In the 17th century British for the first time built settlements on islands. At the beginning of the 18th century the Bahamas were a favourite place of pirates.

The Bahamas were a colony in 1717 while in 1964 internal self-government wasn't provided to them. In 1968 islands developed into a big autonomy after an insuperable victory on general election of the Progressive Liberal party led by the prime minister Lindlen Oscar Pindling against the Party of Unity of the Bahamas consisting mainly of the white. Together with the new mandate from the black population (85% of the Bahamas) Pindling's government agreed with England about the new constitution at which in 1969 the colony became the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. On July 10, 1973 the Bahamas became the independent state.


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List of top cities of Bahamas (9)

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Andros Town Andros Town Andros Town
Clarence Town Clarence Town Clarence Town
Coopers Town Coopers Town Coopers Town
Dunmore Town Dunmore Town Dunmore Town
Freeport Freeport Freeport
High Rock High Rock High Rock
Lucaya Lucaya Lucaya
Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour
Nassau Nassau Nassau