Welcome to the Bahamas! This popular black tourist destination sits and the bottom of the Bermuda Triangle and to the East of Florida known as a big hub for Atlantic and Caribbean Tourism. The people of African descent who live in this tropical paradise are products of the trans-atlantic slave trade and the country recently gained independence from Great Britain after a 325 year rule, but stills remains apart of the common wealth. Through yearly cultural events like Junkanoo and traditional music like Goombay , the melanin has kept its stronghold within the linage of the people ! Here’s 13 interesting facts about the Bahamas and our brothers and sisters of African descent that inhabit it!
- The Bahamas culture is a mixture of Lucayan Indian, European, and African cultures.
- The Lucayan Indians were the original inhabitants who lived throughout The Bahamas from 900-1500 A.D.
- On July 10, 1973, the Bahamas became a fully independent country with its own government.
- The Bahamas is one of only two countries whose official name begins with the word “the” (The Gambia is the other)
- The Bahamas with over 270 years of democratic rule is one of the most politically stable countries in the world.
- Goombay, the indigenous form of music, is derived from the African slaves who used songs as a form of social commentary and way to hand down traditions.
- The Bahamas is a group of about 700 islands, atolls and cays (pronounced “keys”) in the western Atlantic Ocean, of which only 30 are inhabited.
- The Bahamas has the world’s third-longest barrier reef. Five per cent of the world’s coral can be found in the waters of The Bahamas.
- Although the Bahamas is considered to be part of the Caribbean it is not geographically in the Caribbean. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Unscrupulous business magnates use Bahamas as a tax haven as there is no income tax, corporate tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax in The Bahamas.
- The Bahamas has the clearest waters in the world, with visibility of over 61m (200 ft). It has been scientifically proven that a specific alga, which requires light to live, is found deeper in The Bahamas than anywhere else on earth.
- Dean’s Blue Hole, West of Clarence Town, on Long Island plunges 202 meteres into the sea, it’s the deepest blue hole in the world.
- The first place Christopher Columbus landed when he came to the New World in 1492 was an island called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians in the present day Bahamas. Columbus claimed the island for Spain and named it San Salvador
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