16 Facts About The Bahamas

1. The Bahamas became a British crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy.

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2. Name The Bahamas is derived from the Lucayan name, used by the indigenous Taino people for the island of Grand Bahama.

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3. The Bahamas opened the small local parliament on 29 October 1940.

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4. The Bahamas was praised for his resolution of civil unrest over low wages in Nassau in June 1942, when there was a "full-scale riot".

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5. The Bahamas is part of the Lucayan Archipelago, which continues into the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Mouchoir Bank, the Silver Bank, and the Navidad Bank.

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6. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and shares its head of state with other Commonwealth realms.

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7. Districts of The Bahamas provide a system of local government everywhere except New Providence, whose affairs are handled directly by the central government.

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8. The Bahamas relies heavily on tourism to generate most of its economic activity.

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9. The first Africans to arrive to The Bahamas were freed slaves from Bermuda; they arrived with the Eleutheran Adventurers looking for new lives.

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10. Haitian community in The Bahamas is largely of African descent and numbers about 80,000.

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11. The best-known folklore and legends in The Bahamas include the lusca and chickcharney creatures of Andros, Pretty Molly on Exuma Bahamas and the Lost City of Atlantis on Bimini Bahamas.

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12. Coat of arms of The Bahamas contains a shield with the national symbols as its focal point.

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13. The Bahamas is not a part of the West Indies Cricket Board, so players are not eligible to play for the West Indies cricket team.

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14. In 2013, 'Spurs' became the first Premier League club to play an exhibition match in The Bahamas, facing the Jamaica national team.

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15. The Bahamas were hosts of the first men's senior FIFA tournament to be staged in the Caribbean, the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

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16. The Bahamas hosted the first 3 editions of the IAAF World Relays.

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