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:
of the Bahamas from Geographia
History of the Bahamas from Bahama Travel Net
in the Bahamas