S: The Bahamas By: Jason Ngov and Joey Lovitz
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1: History | Sports | Climate | Land | GOVERNMENT | LANGUAGES! | Table Of Contents
2: History | Have you ever wondered how the Bahamas were found? Who discovered it? Finding the Bahamas was an interesting part of Latin American History. It all started when a group Lucayan Indians wondered onto the unknown islands of Latin America. These unknown islands are now called the Bahamas. The Lucayan Indians stayed on The Bahamas until AD 800. AD 800 was the year when the Spanish took the Lucayan Indians to become their slaves. While the Spanish was there they brought in measles which effected many Lucayan Indians. The whole Lucayan population was all wiped away in the year of 1515. After the Lucayan and Spanish conflict the island was uninhabited until 1647. 1647 was when the British came from Bermuda to Eleuthera (an island in the Bahamas). As time passes Britain decided to establish colonies after finding New Providence in the mid 1660s. However while Britain was establishing New Providence pirates also came. Most of the pirates came because it was the route of the Spanish treasure ships. In 1718 Britain got back their control of the Bahamas and made let the pirates become citizens of The Bahamas. | Vocabulary Lucayan- island people from the Arawak Tribe
3: History | The Bahamians still remained loyal to the British during the Revolution. This was a great advantage for the British when they ran out of supply or lost shelter. Being loyal to the British was good for the Bahamians too. When the British came to get supplies they would always bring slaves. This helped increased the African ancestry in The Bahamas to one-half in the year of 1770. In 1834 all slaves were released but had no place to go. Therefore, many slaves had to work for the whites again. In the 19th to 20th century the Confederacy helped smuggle in illegal goods (such as cotton). Today Tourism is highly depended on in The Bahamas. Tourism all started when the war ended in World War II. Bahamians could open hotels, have better jobs, and use U.S. money. This later all tumbled down when the white majority took over the government. But after years of planning the black majority created a group called the Progressive Liberal Party. The PlP took back the government in 1950 and tourism (in the Bahamas) began building up again.
4: Land | There is still one more milestone you need to complete. Before your life is over you need to go to the Bahamas, touch the sand, or swim in the ocean. In the Bahamas there is a total of 2500 cays and 700 islands. Many of the islands are surrounded by coral or shallow water. Islands are mostly flat, and have low rocky ridges. The capital of the Bahamas is in Nassau, New Providence. Besides New Providence are the islands are called Family Islands or Out Islands. The largest mountain in the Bahamas is Mt. Alvernia on Cat Island only scaling up to 206 ft.
5: Climate | The climate in the Bahamas is so nice. This is because the Bahamas are near the equator and have trade-wind belts. Having trade-wind belts in your island means that you have warm temperature all year-round. June through September are the hottest months. The average temperature during this time is eighty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest months are between January and February where temperatures are seventy-seven degrees almost everyday.
6: Sports | How can you do sports when you're surrounded by water? Is it fun? Sports in the Bahamas is so fun and exhilarating. The national sport in the Bahamas is boat racing. Every time a racing event happens people gather around eating, dancing, and betting on who will be the fastest. Racing in the Bahamas is worth watching not doing the actual thing. Other than boat racing track, baseball, basketball, golf, and volleyball are also popular.
7: Languages | Most people in the Bahamas speak English but with a heavy accent. Bahamians usually mix up the English language by using idioms like He done reach to mean. This means that He has arrived. Upper-class Bahamians speak with a British accent. Immigrants from Haiti speak a language called Haitian Creole (mixture of French and African).
8: Government | The current owner of the Bahamas is Queen Elizabeth II. She has been owning the Bahamas since 1973 (the time when the Bahamas announced it's independence). The Queen's official representative is a man named Arthur Foulkes elected by Hubert Ingraham. Hubert Ingraham is the current prime minsiter of the Bahamas. Huber Ingraham is the person who is in charge of the majority of the House. Ingraham would have to elect 41 members into the House every five years. The voting age in the Bahamas is at eighteen.