The Bahamas!!!!

By: Kimberly Helms

The Bahamas Flag!!

The Bahama's national flag consits of a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side with 3 horizontal aquamarine. Yellow and aquamarine bands.

The Aquamarine symbolises the auqamarine water (the Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean Sea) sourrounding the islands.

The golden yellow stands for the golden beaches of the islands and other rich land resources of the Bahamas.

The black repesents the vigor and force of united people.

The equilateral trigangle stands for the enterprise and determination of the Bahamian people to develop the rich resources of land and sea.

Religons Ratios!!!

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Brief History:


It was in 1492 when the Bahamas was founded by Christopher Columbus. He had made a landfall in the New world on the Island of San Salvador. He was so inspired by the surrounding shallow sea he had described them as the islands of the “baja mar” (shallow sea). Which is now is became The island of the Bahamas. People that who had went to Cuba (which Cuba didn’t have its name just yet) lived on the islands of the Bahamas and they relied on on the ocean for their food.

The Bahamas is located off the east coast of Florida, the Atlantic ocean. The Bahamas has about 700 islands on it.Our shallow waters and 700 islands made great hiding places for treasure. And our close proximity to well-traveled shipping lanes made for the perfect spot to steal from merchant ships. There are rumors of hidden treasure that still exist today. It is believed that British pirate William Catt buried loot on Cat Island and Sir Henry Morgan, a wealthy privateer, buried treasure throughout our islands. About 85% of the bahamians are African American. Also most of the family's ancestors have rooted in the 16th century slave trade. The most common language in the bahamas is English. The Bahamas enjoys a subtropical climate, with hot summers and cool winters.

From about 1861 to 1865 the Bahamas benefited greatly U.S. civil war. Britain’s textile industry depended on Southern cotton; however, the Union blockaded British ships from reaching Southern ports. So blockade runners from Charleston met British ships here and traded cotton for British goods. Upon their return, they sold their shipment for huge profits. The end of the Civil War marked the end of prosperity. In 1919, the United States passed the 18th amendment prohibiting alcohol. The colonial government expanded Prince George Wharf in Nassau to accommodate the flow of alcohol. When Prohibition ended in 1934 so did the enormous revenues. Combined with the collapse of the sponge harvesting industry, it economically devastated The Bahamas. (Minahan, James B. "Caymanians." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.)

Major issues and problems:

The issues are that they have abandoned vehicles, another problem is that they impact major of tourism. Like the coral reef decay, waste disposal, and water pollution. Also a lot of animals like a Rookery,sea turtles and etc. Land clearing for agricultural purposes is a significant environmental problem because it threatens the habitats of the nation's wildlife. Of 17 species of mammals, two are endangered. Four species of birds are also threatened. Four species of reptiles in a total of 204 are threatened. One amphibian of 124 species is also considered endangered. (Bahamas)

Government Structure:

The Bahamas is the most political countries in the world. Once housing pirate camps for such notables as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, the Bahamas was a British colonial territory from 1717 to 1967. On July 10, 1973, the Bahamas became an independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations. b Renowned for its blue seas and sparkling beaches, the Bahamas' main industry is tourism, with numerous resort facilities that provide employment for about half of the population. More cruise ships come to the Bahamas each year than to any other Caribbean nation. Tourism was continuing to rise until 2006, with much new construction of hotels and resorts. Tourism business began to slow after that, dropping significantly during the global recession of 2009, but has begun to bounce back since then. (The Bahamas world)

Economy in the Bahamas:

The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest Caribbean countries with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking. a steady growth in tourism receipts and a boom in construction of new hotels, resorts, and residences led to solid GDP growth but since then tourism receipts have begun to drop off. The global recession in 2009 took a sizeable toll on The Bahamas, resulting in a contraction in GDP and a widening budget deficit. A lot of the items that are being sold is the things that the people that live in the bahamas make, and the things that they do make get sold to the people that come out and see the bahamas. That's how they mainly get their income.

Geography:

. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is a group of some 700 Islands and nearly 2,500 small islets and cays. Approximately 30 of these Islands are inhabited.

Armed robberies, property theft, purse snatchings and general theft of personal property remain the most common crimes perpetrated against tourists. Home break-ins, theft, and robbery are not confined to any specific part of The Bahamas. The upsurge in criminal activity has also led to incidents that could place innocent bystanders at risk. Criminality on Grand Bahama has increased, notably crimes involving the use of machetes. Many criminals in The Bahamas carry firearms, machetes, or knives. In 2014, there was an increase of reported armed robberies using a knife and gun where the assailant assaulted the victim after the victim fought back and resisted. Many of these armed robberies were snatch-and-grabs involving purses, jewelry, and gold necklaces or home invasions. Opportunistic crimes (petty thefts and vehicle theft) and fraudulent use of bank/credit card account numbers do occur. There have been numerous reports of credit and debit card numbers being compromised and unauthorized charges being placed on the card holder’s account from other countries to include the U.S. and Europe.

The Bahamian government has not made public comprehensive, updated national crime statistics since July 2013. However, the murdered rate increased by 2.5 percent in 2014. Police recorded 122 murders in 2014, up from 119 in 2013. For the fourth consecutive year, the murder count in The Bahamas surpassed 100 (in 2010 there were 94 murders).

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Hope to see you soon in the Bahamas!!!!!