10 interesting facts about The Bahamas

This blog post was contributed by our high school intern, George Turnquest. George is a senior student of C. R. Walker High School in Nassau. He is lookin forward to attending college in the fall before pursuing a career in Real Estate.

1)The Bahamas has the deepest blue hole in the world which is located on Long Island.

2)There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas. Only about 30 of them are populated. Out of 400,000 people who live in the country, about 70% of them live on the island of New Providence.

3)The Bahamas is one of the best places in the world for cave diving. The islands are riddled with caves which were created thousands of years ago when the sea levels were lower than they are today.

4)Every year in the month of December people participate in Junkanoo street parades.   The musical sounds of cowbells, goat skin drums and whistles, complemented by an array of brass instruments, create a sweet musical beat that will move you; while dazzlingly colored costumes capture your eye, and bring much visual happiness.

5)The Bahamas, known for its sparkling blue seas, lays claim to the clearest waters in the world, with visibility down to about 200 feet.

6)Nassau was a popular haven for pirates of the Caribbean in the 18th Century. One popular pirate that we all talk about is Blackbeard, the fiercest one of them all.

7)The first people to actually inhabit the islands were called the Lucayans. They were a branch of the Taino, indigenous people of the Caribbean. They were a
generous and peaceful culture who lived in villages and often painted their faces and bodies with plant based paints and wore jewellery of gold, bone and shell. They became an extinct culture following the settlement of the Spanish colonists.

8)The Bahamas is right on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

 9)On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus is believed to have landed on the island of San Salvador.

10)Stretching more than 190 miles in length, the Andros Barrier Reef in The Bahamas is the third largest living organism on the planet! It sits along the edge of an underwater trench called the Tongue of the Ocean. It is unique because it stretches downward to a depth of 6,000 feet, rather than lying flat on the ocean floor.

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