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A Blissful Adventure Through The Bahamas -Andah Balikis

The name Bahamas is most likely derived from either Taino ba ha ma (“big upper middle land”), which was a term for the region used by the indigenous people or possibly from the Spaniol baja mar (“shallow water or sea tide”) reflecting the shallow waters of the area.

The Bahamas is known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago in the West indies, which is a member of the Commonwealth Realmunder the monarchy of Queen Elizabeth all.

It consists of less than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic ocean.

The official language spoken by the people (Bahamians) is English and the Vernacular language is Bahamian Creole.

Nassau, capital city of The Bahamas, lies on the island of New Providence; the other main inhabited islands are Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Long Island, Cat Island, Mayaguara, the Bimini Island, Great Inagua, Great Abaco, Ragged Island, Berry Island, Exuena, Crooked Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador Island and Acklins.

All the islands are with ridges that usually rise 15 to 20m (49 to 66 ft), all low and flat.

The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia on Cat Island at 64m (210ft).

Location/Climate;

The Bahamas’ chain of islands is spread out over 800km in the Atlantic ocean, located to the east of Florida in the United States, north to Cuba and Hispaniola and west of the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Island (With which it forms the Lucayan archipelago). It lies between latitude 20 degrees and 28 degrees North, and Longitudes 72 degrees and 80 degrees West and straddles the Tropic of Cancer.

The climate of The Bahamas is mostly tropical Savannah Climate, with a hot and wet season and a warm and dry season. The low latitude, warm tropical Gulf Stream and low elevation give The Bahamas a warm and nonetheless climate.

The Bahamas People (Bahamians);

The Bahamas has an estimated population of 385,637. The most populous islands are New provinces, where Nassau, the capital and largest city is located and Grand Bahama, home of the second largest city of Freeport.

90.6% of the population was identified as black, 4.7% White and 2.1% of a mixed race (African and European). They are predominantly Christians.

What The Bahamas Is Known For;

The culture of the islands is a mixture of African (Afro-Bahamians being the largest ethnicity), British (as the former colonial power) and American (as the dominant country in the region and source of most tourists).

The Bahamas culture is known to be rich with beliefs, traditions, folklore and legend.

Sport is a significant part of Bahamian culture. The national sport is cricket (except for horse riding that began before cricket).

Bahamians has won numerous track and field medals at the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games. Frank Rutherford is the first athletics Olympic medalist for the country.

The Bahamas were hosts of the first men’s senior FIFA tournament to be staged in the Caribbean, the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The Bahamas also hosted the first 3 editions of the IAAF World Relays.

The Bahamas are also well known for their literacy. 98.2% of the adult population are literate.

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is the tertiary system. Offering baccalaureate, masters and associate degrees, UB has three campuses and teaching and research cents throughout The Bahamas. The University of Bahamas was chatted on 10th of November 2016.

The Bahamas are also well known to be a center of tourist attraction with a lot of beautiful places and activities.

Tourist Sites/Activities;

The Bahamas is a sanctuary of numerous tourist attraction sites. It’s 700 unique islands, White sand, Crystal blue beaches, Paradise Island, The Columbus Monument, Dean’s blue hole, Adderly plantation, Long Island Museum, Pink sandbeaches, the sight of the Swimming pigs, the luxuries hotels (Beach Tower at Atlantis, Breezes Resort, Paradise Island, Grand Hyath e.t.c.) will great standard of accomodation, facilities and hotel activities.

A lot of amazing activities are also Carried out in The Bahamas, such as Island-hopping, the Junkanoo Carnival held annually, which starts at the end of April and ends at the beginning of may. It is a live music entertainment carnival, with over 50,000 people in attendance yearly.

Another refreshing activity is Snorkeling and Scuba diving with crystal clear water and variety of marine life, ship wrecks and reefs.

Another interesting experience one may not want to miss is the sight and taste of the delicious Bahamian food during the food festival.

Popular Celebrities from The Bahamas;

The Bahamas has produce many prominent celebrities in different fields.

In the world of sports is The Bahamian high jumper from Freeport, Donald Thomas. A professional tennis player and former number one in the world specializing in double tennis, Mark Knowles. He won all the Grand slow tournaments. He is a five-time Olympian and was ranked world number 1 in doubles. Another Bahamian sport icon is a trash and field athlete, Christopher “Chris”Brown, also known as “Fireman”, who has won many medals. Jonathan Renaldo Barry (cricketer). Debbie Ferguson -McKenzie, a former Bahamian sprint athlete who participated in five Olympics among many others.

In Entertainment is Roland “Ron/Ronnie” Butler, Jr. An actor, comedian and director. He has performed with the Atlantic Theatre Company for over 20 years, among many others.

In the business world, The Bahamas is a home of numerous multi-billionaires such as Joe Lewis (British businessman). He owns a property in Lyford Cat and ranks 347th richest person on Forbes list of Billionaires. His Net worth is 4.7 billion USD (2020). Nicolas Cage, who owns an estate residence on Paradise Island and a private Island in Exuma chains. Johnny Depp, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who owns a private Island each. Tiger Woods, who owns the Albany Estate, among many others.

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