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Key facts

Date of Membership in CARICOM: 4 Jul 1983 – Learn more about membership in CARICOM

Also Known as:The Place Where Worlds Meet (Source: The Heraldry of the Commonwealth Caribbean)

Status of Independence:Independent 1973/07/10

Area: 13,939 sq km

Capital City: Nassau

Population: 377,000 (2013)

Currency: Bahamian dollar B$

Highest National Award: Governor General Award


GDP Growth: 0.0% p.a. 2009–13

GNI: US$8.4bn

GNI PC: US$22,312

Key dates in history


It is believed that the original inhabitants were Arawak people. They were followed by the Caribs.
1492    Christopher Columbus made his first landing in the New World  on island Amerindians called “ Guanahani”, renames it San Salvador, now called Watling Island. `The Bahamas’ derived from `baja mar’ (low sea) based on Columbus’ observation of shallow seas surrounding islands
1629    the islands given their first constitution as part of the Carolinas (USA)
1648     First British settlers arrived
1717    Became a British Colony
1953    Progressive Liberal Party founded to represent black interests in a system still then dominated by whites.
1964    Internal self rule
1973    Independence achieved

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