Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Motto: "Forward, Upward, Onward Together"
Anthem: "March On, Bahamaland"
Royal anthem: "God Save the Queen"
25°4′N 77°20′W / 25.067°N
77.333°W / 25.067; -77.333
85% Black (esp. West
African), 12% European,
Queen Elizabeth II
Arthur Dion Hanna
Hubert A. Ingraham
from the United Kingdom
July 10, 1973
13,878 km2 (160th)
5,358 sq mi
- Water (%)
$9.228 billion (145th)
▲ 0.845 (high) (49th)
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Drives on the
The Bahamas from space. NASA Aqua satel-
lite image, 2009
The Bahamas, officially the Common-
wealth of The Bahamas, is an independent,
English-speaking country consisting of 2,387
rocks, 661 cays and 29 islands. It is located
in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the United
States; northeast to east of Cuba, Hispaniola
(Dominican Republic & Haiti) and north to
east of the Caribbean Sea; and west to
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northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Its size is almost 14,000 km2 with an estim-
ated population of 330,000. Its capital is Nas-
sau. It remains a Commonwealth realm.
The seafaring Taino people moved into the
uninhabited southern Bahamas from Hispani-
ola and Cuba around the 7th century AD.
These people came to be known as the Lucay-
ans. There were an estimated 30,000+ Lu-
cayans at the time of Columbus’ arrival in
1492. Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in
the New World was on an isla