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1973: The Bahamas Gain Independence

1973: The Bahamas Gain Independence
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  • Historical event:
  • 10 July 1973
  • The Bahamas or the Commonwealth of The Bahams is an island country located near the USA. It is a relatively rich country, compared to Caribbean and Central America countries. Tourism is its main source of income, and employs more than half of its population.

The Bahamas gained independence from the UK on this day in 1973.

Although an independent state, this island country is formally under the control of the British queen (similar to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica and other countries around the world).

There are more than 700 Bahamian islands, which cover more than 13,878 square kilometers. The area of Andros, the largest Bahamian island, covers 3,439 square kilometers.

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, and the state’s largest city. About 70% of the total population of the Bahamas live in Nassau. Once, the city was a pirate stronghold. The famous pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) was based in Nassau for a time.

The Bahamas or the Commonwealth of The Bahams is an island country located near the USA, only 80 kilometers from the U.S. city of Miami, Florida. It is a relatively rich country, compared to Caribbean and Central America countries.

Tourism is its main source of income, and employs more than half of its population. It is interesting to note that the state’s highest peak is only 63 meters above sea level.

The state was a British colony, and the most famous British governor of the Bahamas probably was the Duke of Windsor (the former King Edward VIII, who abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson).

It is interesting to note that one part of the Bahamian islands is still a colony, under the control of Britain – the Turks and Caicos Islands, located on the eastern edge of the archipelago.

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