The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest Caribbean countries with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking. The country extends 760 miles from the coast of Florida on the north-west almost to Haiti on the south-east. The group consists of 700 islands and 2,400 cays with an area of 13,878 km˛.
British settlement of the islands began in 1647. In 1973, the country attained independence from the UK.
Administrative divisions: 21 districts; Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Exuma, Freeport, Fresh Creek, Governor's Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Harbour Island, High Rock, Inagua, Kemps Bay, Long Island, Marsh Harbour, Mayaguana, New Providence, Nichollstown and Berry Islands, Ragged Island, Rock Sound, Sandy Point, San Salvador, and Rum Cay.
More: map of The Bahamas.
Copyright © Geographic Guide - Great Exuma, Long Island, Eleuthera and Nassau, capital of the country
Paradise Island, Nassau.