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Bahamas History

 

The Bahamas are known to have been inhabited by native tribes of people long before the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th Century. Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered the islands on his first voyage to the New World in 1492. The plantation and slavery era plays a large role in the area's history from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The Bahamas have been populated by many different peoples, from the Africans who arrived in the bonds of slavery, to British and Spanish settlers, among others.

Links to more Bahamas History:

History of the Bahamas from Geographia

History of the Bahamas from Bahama Travel Net

Pirates in the Bahamas

The Lucayans
 

Bahamas Timeline

 
1492 Christopher Columbus lands to find the Arawak Indians
1648 European inhabitants settle Eleuthera & New Province Islands
1670 - 1717 The Bahamas are ruled by British proprietary governors
1776 Nassau is held by the America naval forces
1782 - 1783 The Bahamas are held by the Spaniards
1787 The Bahamas become a British colony
1834 Slavery is abolished in the Bahamas
1964 Great Britain grants the Bahamas internal autonomy
1973 (July 10) The Bahamas achieves independence


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