Bahamas

By: Mallory Garrison

The Bahamas is an island country containing 700 islands. It has a population of 378,000+ and the Bahamians originally speak English.  

Map of the Bahamas

Climate: The climate in the Bahamas is very warm because it lies on the Western Hemisphere. In the Summer it can get up to 90°F. The average temperature is around 70° to 78°F.

Religion: The Bahamas major religion is Protestants. In this nation they are tolerant of all religions and are free to practice there religion of speech.

History: Many of the people who live on The Bahamas are of West African descent, whose ancestors were captured and forced into slavery to work on cotton plantations in America. Others are descendants of the English Puritans who immigrated to Bermuda in search of religious freedom and settled on Eleuthera Island. This provides a melting pot of native customs of West African, English and other cultures who settled in The Bahamas over the last several centuries. Those cultures have shaped the culture in The Bahamas today. The Arawak Indians were the first inhabitants of the Bahamas. Columbus's first encounter with the New World was on Oct. 12, 1492, when he landed on the Bahamian island of San Salvador. The British first built settlements on the islands in the 17th century.

Sports

Running and Cycling: With perfect year around weather in the Bahamas, it is the perfect weather for running and cycling. There are many popular racing events throughout the islands. They include Grand Bahamas Island Coachman Triathlon, the Pineapple Fest Triathlon, and many more.

Swimming: More than 70% of the Bahamas contains water. The weather is an average of 70°F. So its perfect for swimming in the Caribbean Sea.

Celebration

The best-known celebration on the islands is Junkanoo, held on both Christmas and New Year's. It is similar to the Carnival festivities in countries like Trinidad and Tobago. Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays. Costumed groups compete for prizes.

The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet—with a visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef.

Government: The Bahamians have one of the most politically stable countries in the world. Our constitution is based on the Westminster Model: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Executive Branch, The Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch.

The majority of Bahamians live on New Providence Island, home of there capital city, Nassau. Here, you will find most are of West African descent whose ancestors were enslaved and brought here to Music plays a big part in Bahamian culture. The majority of there other residents are descendants of English settlers. Some are even related to Loyalists who fled the southern U.S. during the American Revolution.

Music plays a big part in Bahamian culture. Throughout there islands, you’ll hear traces of African rhythms, Caribbean calypso, English folk songs and there unique Bahamian goombay traditional music, which combines African musical traditions with European colonial influences. Goombay can be traced back to slavery and is storytelling and dancing performed to a fast-tempoed “goom-bahhh” beat on a goatskin drum.

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