Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas is an island country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and east of the Florida Keys. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.

Originally inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, the Bahamas were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera. The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy.

After the American War of Independence, thousands of American Loyalists, taking their enslaved Africans, moved to the Bahamas, where the Americans set up a plantation economy. After Britain abolished the international slave trade in 1807, the Royal Navy resettled many free Africans liberated from illegal slave ships in the Bahamas during the 19th century. Hundreds of American slaves and Black Seminoles escaped to the islands from Florida, and nearly 500 were freed from American merchant ships in the domestic trade. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans form the majority of the population; issues related to the slavery years are part of society. The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

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A spectacular entrance to Nassau, the ship was only a few yards from the shore - shades almost of the Costa Concordia. Welcome to the Bahamas
Nassau seemed vary America, and was selling "standard" Caribbean souvenirs and jewellery Senor Frog appealed to my sense of humour.
Again a few old buildings squeezed into the shadow of more modern additions A wrecked rowing boat was a nice feature of the harbour here.
A scenic & original beach kiosk The juxtaposition of the policeman and the stocks is coincidental Ready to leave on our last leg  

Nassau is the capital, largest city, and commercial centre of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 250,000 (2010 census), 70 percent of the entire population of the Bahamas. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. Viz the number of gift shops selling pirate souvenirs.

The Atlantis resort, which looms on the skyline of photos of Nassau, on nearby Paradise Island accounts for more tourist arrivals to the city than any other hotel property. The mega-resort employs over 6,000 Bahamians, and is the largest employer outside of government. We turned down the opportunity to have a ship's excursion to the resort.



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