The Bahamas is a group of islands in the Caribbean. In the Atlantic Ocean, there are about 700 islands and 2,400 little islands lying 50 miles off of the east coast of Florida, that are uninhabited. Only about 30 of the islands are inhabited. The most common ones are; New Providence, where their capital, Nassau, is located. The Grand Bahamas, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, and San Salvador are other popular islands.
The Bahamas is located at 24 15 N, 76 00 W. The Climate is subtropical to tropical. They do have dangerous weather at times usually in the summer and autumn, where hurricanes pass through or near the islands. Hurricanes cause a lot of problems, Tidal surges and high winds can destroy homes, schools, float graves, and can make thousands of people homeless.
Christopher Columbus’s first landing in the New World in 1492 is believed to have been on San Salvador island, in the southeastern Bahamas. Which was in fact called Guanahani by the natives he found there, until he changed it. The natives were shipped to Hispaniola as slaves, and within two decades there was no one left on the Bahamas. After everyone was gone, the Bahamian islands were deserted until the English settlers from Bermuda came in 1650. In 1718 the United States gained independence and forced out the British loyalists. Most of them went to the Bahamas and took their slaves also. In 1964 the British gave the islands self-government and in 1973 the Bahamians finally achieved full independence. During the 1950s the Bahamian economy was based on tourism and financial services. Now the country is the third highest per capita (per each person) income in the western hemisphere.
The Bahamas are still heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking. Tourism alone accounts for more than 60% of GDP (total value of goods and services produced by the nation). Manufacturing and agriculture together add up to a tenth of GDP, and has no growth at all....