|Commonwealth of the Bahamas|
|Motto: "Forward, Upward, Onward, Together"|
|Anthem: "March On, Bahamaland"
Royal anthem: "God Save the Queen"
(and largest city)
|Ethnic groups||85% African Bahamians
12% European Bahamians
3% Asians and Hispanic
|Government||Unitary Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy.|
|-||Governor-General||Sir Arthur Foulkes|
|-||Prime Minister||Perry Gladstone Christie|
|-||Lower House||House of Assembly|
|-||from the United Kingdom||July 10, 1973|
|-||Total||13,878 km2 (160th)
5,358 sq mi
|-||2010 estimate||353,658 (177th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|HDI (2011)||0.771 (high) (53rd)|
|Currency||Bahamian dollar (
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|-||Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Drives on the||left|
The Taino were the first people living there. In 1492, Christopher Columbus found the Americas by landing on another of the islands, San Salvador. The Eleutheran Adventurers soon came along, making a home in Eleuthera.
The islands' mostly black population speaks English, the country's main language.
The people [change]
- See also: List of Bahamian people
Geography and climate [change]
- See also: List of cities in the Bahamas
In 1864 the Governor of the Bahamas reported that there were 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks in the colony.
The climate of The Bahamas is subtropical to tropical. The Gulf Stream can be very dangerous in the summer and autumn. This is when hurricanes pass near or through the islands. Hurricane Andrew hit the northern islands during the 1992 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Floyd hit most of the islands during the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season.
There has never been a freeze reported in The Bahamas. The temperature can fall as low as 2–3 °C (35.6–37.4 °F).
The Bahamas are divided into 32 districts and the town of New Providence.
The districts are:
The Bahamas does not have an army or an air force. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is the navy. The Defence Force has a fleet of 26 coastal and inshore patrol craft along with 2 aircraft and over 850 personnel including 65 officers and 74 women.
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- COMPARISON BETWEEN THE 2000 AND 2010 POPULATION CENSUSES AND PERCENTAGE CHANGE.
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- "Human Development Report 2011". United Nations. 2011. http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2011_EN_Table1.pdf. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
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Other websites [change]
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