The Caribbean Islands
of the Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas form a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. Our 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of 5,382 square miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 feet on Cat Island.

The Bahamas has the world’s third longest barrier reef and about 14. 5% of the world’s coral can be found in our waters. The Caribbean islands are made entirely of calcium carbonate, which is mainly produced or precipitated by the organisms of coral reefs. There are no rivers in The Bahamas.

Caribbean Islands of the Bahamas

Bahamas History

Geography played a crucial role in Bahamian history. In 1492, Christopher Columbus (the first European visitor) made his first landfall in the New World on the island of San Salvador in the eastern Bahamas (called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians). After observing the shallow sea around the islands, he said “baja mar” (shallow water or sea), and effectively named the area The Bahamas, or The Islands of the Shallow Sea.

Since it was located close to Florida and well-travelled shipping channels, The Islands Of The Bahamas caught the attention of explorers, settlers, invaders and traders. These people shaped the colourful history of The Bahamas and made the country what it is today.

The Bahamas Islands

For more than 300 years, the islands were a colony of Great Britain. In 1964, Great Britain granted The Islands Of The Bahamas limited self-government, and in 1969 the colony of The Bahamas became a Commonwealth. The Bahamas became the free and sovereign Commonwealth of The Bahamas on July 10, 1973. July 10th is celebrated today as Bahamian Independence Day.

“The beach… Maybe the greatest I’ve ever seen. Sand is like velvet. The sky is a radiant blue and it shines down on the ocean, giving it a surreal look.”

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