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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort [syn: Bahamas, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Bahama Islands]

Merriam Webster's

geographical name islands in the Atlantic SE of Florida; an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1973 capital Nassau area 4404 square miles (11,450 square kilometers), population 268,000 see Turks and Caicos Bahamian adjective or noun

Britannica Concise

Archipelago and nation consisting of about 700 islands and numerous cays, NW edge of the W. Indies, lying southeast of Florida and north of Cuba. Area: 5,386 sq mi (13,950 sq km). Population (1997 est.): 287,000. Capital: Nassau (on New Providence Island). The people are a blend of African and European ancestry, the former a legacy of the slave trade. Language: English (official). Religion: Christianity. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Chief among the islands, from north to south, are Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, New Providence, Andros, Cat, and Inagua; New Providence has most of the population. All are composed of coraline limestone and lie mostly only a few feet above sea level; the highest point is Mt. Alvernia (206 ft, or 63 m) on Cat Island. There are no rivers. Its market economy is heavily dependent on tourism, for which gambling is a particular attraction, and on international financial services. Most foodstuffs are imported from the U.S.; fish and rum are significant exports. It is a constitutional monarchy with two legislative houses; its chief of state is the British monarch, represented by a governor-general, and the head of government is the prime minister. The islands were inhabited by Lucayan Indians when C. Columbus sighted them on Oct. 12, 1492. He is thought to have landed on San Salvador (Watling) Island. The Spaniards made no attempt to settle, but carried out slave raids that depopulated the islands; when English settlers arrived in 1648 from Bermuda, the islands were uninhabited. They became a haunt of pirates and buccaneers, and few of the ensuing settlements prospered. The islands enjoyed some prosperity following the Amer. Revolution, when Loyalists fled the U.S. and established cotton plantations there. They were a center for blockade runners during the Amer. Civil War. Not until the development of tourism after World War II did permanent economic prosperity arrive. The Bahamas was granted internal self-government in 1964, and became independent in 1973.


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