Happy independence day Bahamas

The Bahamas gained independence from the UK on 10 July 1973Things you may not know about the Bahamas:There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas. All of them are some sort of sand or limestone island. Of the 700 islands, only about 30 of them are inhabited.The first people that inhabited the island were called the Tainos. Most of them disappeared through fighting and diseases brought to the islands by the Spanish. British rule followed when they gained control of the islands for the next 300 years. Since the colonial era of plantations, Afro-Bahamians have been the largest ethnic group in The Bahamas (85%), whose primary ancestry was based in West Africa. The rest consist of European descent (12%) and Asian & Hispanic (3%).The first Africans to arrive in the Bahamas were freed enslaved Africans from Bermuda; they arrived with the Eleutheran Adventurers looking for new lives.Most Afro-Bahamians speak both standard English and patois.The islands have a vibrant musical culture and have produced several traditional forms of music, including goombay, a synthesis of calypso, soca and English folk songs.A popular ‘folk’ religion is obeah, a system of beliefs governing interactions between the living and the spirit world. The vast majority of Bahamians, however, are Christians.The most popular Bahamian festival is the Junkanoo, which takes place on 26 December and 1 January.The Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas, however, the country is largely dependent on tourism. There is no income or sales tax for Bahamas residents. Majority of the government revenue comes from tariffs and import fees.Only 1% of the land is cultivated and used for agriculture. Sugar cane, cassava, fruits such as mangoes, grapefruits, dates, bananas and vegetables are the main agricultural products. However, about 80% of the food supply is imported.There are only four countries in the world with a lower “highest point” than the Bahamas: The Gambia, The Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and the Maldives.The Bahamas are known for its pristine marine habitats and the world’s third largest barrier reef

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