The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago. The archipelagic state consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of Florida, and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth Realm in 1973.
It is also one of the richest countries in the Americas (following the United States and Canada), with an economy based on tourism and finance.
In 1864, the Bahamas reported 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks in the colony. All the islands are low and flat, with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20 m (49 to 66 ft). The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia on Cat Island. It has an elevation of 63 meters (207 ft).
As we all know, the Bahamas is a sunny paradise with gorgeous beaches and relaxing resorts. But it has a lot more to offer other than that. Bahamas culture is rich with beliefs, traditions, folklore and legend, and Bahamians have created a rich literature of poetry, short stories, plays and short fictional works. Moreover, the Bahamas has a traditional Afro-Bahamian street parade called Junkanoo, which combines “rushing”, music, dance, and art. It is held every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in Nassau and also used to celebrate holidays and events such as Emancipation Day.
- The Islands of The Bahamas | QCPTV.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3apbS5OBuaA
- The Valley Boys – New Years Junkanoo 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzQE5kf4UWE
Fun fact: The name “Bahamas” is derived from a Spanish word “baja mar”, which means “low tide” or “shallow water or sea”.
Sources: Wikipedia, SoftSchools