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Bahaman History


The first definite evidence of human settlement in the Bahamas dates to the 7th century AD. A seafaring people, the Taino (who later came to be known to Europeans as "Lucayans") are known to have migrated into the archipelago from Hispaniola and Cuba.

Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World at San Salvador Island (also known as Watling's Island) in the southern Bahamas in 1492. There is believed to have been a population of around 40,000 Lucayans at the time of Columbus' landing, but within a quarter century, the entire people had been virtually eliminated by disease, warfare, and deportation and the imposition of slavery (many Lucayans were taken to Hispaniola as slaves).

English settlers began to arrive in the Bahamas in 1647, which were by that time, virtually unoccupied. The islands became a British crown colony in 1717, and following the American Revolution (1775 to 1783), around 8,000 loyalists and their slaves arrived in the islands. After the ending of slavery on the islands in 1834, the population was further boosted by a steady trickle of fugitive slaves from the United States.

Britain granted full internal self-government to the islands in 1964, and in 1973, the islands became fully independent (although remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and with the British Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of the Bahamas). The Bahamas joined CARICOM (at the time called "Caribbean Community and Common Market") in 1974, and after many years of prolonged economic growth, today has the 3rd highest GDP in the western hemisphere (after the United States and Canada).

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Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People: Volume One: From Aboriginal Times to the End of Slavery

By Michael Craton

University of Georgia Press
Released: April 1st, 1999
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  • Brand: University of Georgia Press
  • ISBN: 0820321222
  • EAN: 9780820321226
  • PartNumber: 23 b&w photographs, 10 maps, 7 charts
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 496
  • Authors: Michael Craton, Gail Saunders
  • Publication Date: April 1st, 1999
  • Release Date: April 1st, 1999
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Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People: Volume Two: From the Ending of Slavery to the Twenty-First Century

By Michael Craton

University of Georgia Press
Released: September 29th, 2000
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  • ISBN: 0820322849
  • EAN: 9780820322841
  • PartNumber: 78 b&w photographs
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 584
  • Authors: Michael Craton, Gail Saunders
  • Publication Date: September 29th, 2000
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Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960

By Gail Saunders

University Press of Florida
Released: June 14th, 2016
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  • ISBN: 0813062543
  • EAN: 9780813062549
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  • Number of Pages: 400
  • Author: Gail Saunders
  • Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
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The Migration of Peoples from the Caribbean to the Bahamas

By Keith L. Tinker

University Press of Florida
Released: May 17th, 2016
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  • ISBN: 0813062128
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  • PartNumber: 2 tables, 4 figures
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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Number of Pages: 210
  • Author: Keith L. Tinker
  • Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
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Bahamas in World War II: A Military Chronology 1939-1945

By Eric Wiberg

Island Books
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From Island Lad to Honoured Statesman of the Bahamas: A Brief Biography of the Honourable James Oswald Ingraham

By Dianne Darr Couts

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