Ten fun facts about Bahamas


Fact 1
Bahamas became an independent country from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973. The official name is the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Fact 2
Nassau is the capital city located on the island of New Providence. The currency used is the Bahamian Dollar though US Dollars are widely accepted.

Fact 3
The islands of The Bahamas are actually “cays” (pronounced “keys”) which is derived from the Spanish word “cayo” meaning “island”.


Fact 4
There are no rivers in The Bahamas but it is home to the world’s third longest barrier reef.

Fact 5
The world’s longest known underwater cave and cavern system is found in Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island.

Fact 6
The highest point in the Bahamas is Mount Alvernia on Cat Island which is 63 m high.

Fact 7
Bahamas gets over 315 days of sunshine. It experiences a tropical marine climate that is moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream.

Fact 8
85% of the population in the Bahamas is of African descent. The largest immigrant community is that of the Haitians.

Fact 9
Tourism and banking and finance industry play an import role in the economy.

Fact 10
Bahamas exports textiles, footwear, minerals products, salt, animal products, rum, chemicals, fruit and vegetables. The imports are machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, mineral fuels, food and live animals.


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Short about Bahamas
Is a North American archipelago nation with about 700 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.


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Population
351,461

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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