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Welcome To The Bahamas
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An Introduction to The Bahamas

The Bahamas comprises more than 3,000 islands, isle's and cays, close to Florida and Cuba, and were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492. The Spanish shipped the natives to slavery in Hispaniola and the islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648. The British then established settlements there and after serving as a base for pirates including the notorious Blackbeard, the territory became a crown colony in 1718 and was given internal self-government only in 1964. Most of today's inhabitants, spread over a couple of dozen inhabited islands, are descendants of slaves from the British colonies and from the USA. See full country profile.

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Technical Account Manager, Tagging Operations, Puerto Rico, $ salary TBD - (posted Jul 26 2017)
Know of an MR agency based in The Bahamas? We don't - please get in touch


Fast Facts
Map of The Bahamas
CAPITAL: Nassau
GOVERNMENT: Parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy (British Commonwealth)
AREA: 13,880 sq km
POPULATION: 353,658 (2010 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: English
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A Jumble of Rocks The Bahamas is spread over a wide area of ocean and includes isles of all sizes. An 1864 survey by the Governor divided them into 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 'rocks'. All of them are low and flat, with ridges seldom rising to more than 70 feet. The highest point is Mount Alvernia on Cat Island, reaching a lofty 63m (207 ft). Many of the islands are long and thin - including Cat Island, Exuma, the Eleutheras and (unsurprisingly) Long Island. The largest island is North Andros but the capital, Nassau, is located on New Providence island which is not in the top half dozen for size. A good map can be found here.

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The Bahamas in Profile

The Bahamas comprises more than 3,000 islands, isle's and cays, close to Florida and Cuba, and were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492. The Spanish shipped the natives to slavery in Hispaniola and the islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648. The British then established settlements there and after serving as a base for pirates including the notorious Blackbeard, the territory became a crown colony in 1718 and was given internal self-government only in 1964. Most of today's inhabitants, spread over a couple of dozen inhabited islands, are descendants of slaves from the British colonies and from the USA.

The climate is subtropical to tropical, moderated by the waters of the Gulf Stream, and a freeze has never been reported in the islands. Tourism and offshore finance have helped give the Bahamas one of the highest GDP per head figures in the western hemisphere, after Canada and the US.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $10.79bn (2010 est.); per capita $30,958

Religions Protestant 67.6%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8% (2000 census)

Currency: Bahamian dollar. 1 BSD = $US 1.01

Telephone Code: +1 242

Research Industry

No association that we're aware of, and little or no research.

Overview of Trade and Industry

The Bahamian economy relies heavily on tourism and offshore banking. Tourism accounts for around 60% of GDP - income peaked in 2006 but is increasing again as of 2010 - 2011. The financial sector is now smaller than it once was because of new financial regulation enacted in 2000 which caused some companies to relocate to more flexible havens.

Exports were $74m in 2006 and consisted largely of mineral and animal products, plus foodstuffs with the USA (20.4%), Singapore (15.5%), Spain (14.5%) and Poland (14.3%) taking most. Imports far outweighed them at $2.4bn and consisted of machinery, chemicals, food and live animals - in 2007 26.7% came from the US, 14.1% from South Korea and 13.5% from Japan.

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