My name is Bob Jenkins and I created this website to provide genealogy
information and links to genealogy information to assist people in researching
their Bahamas roots.
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The Bahamas (/bəˈhɑːməz/), known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country within the Lucayan
Archipelago. The consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba
and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the U.S. state
of Florida, and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The designation of
"the Bahamas" can refer either to the country or to the larger island chain that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force describes the Bahamas territory as encompassing 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of
The Bahamas is the site of Columbus's first landfall in the New World in 1492. At that time, the islands were inhabited by
the Lucayans, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taíno people. Although the Spanish never colonised 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, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them
and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The slave
trade was abolished by the British in 1807; slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Subsequently, the Bahamas
became a haven for freed African slaves; the Royal Navy resettled Africans there liberated from illegal slave ships, North
American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida, and the government freed slaves carried on US domestic ships
that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Today, Afro-Bahamians make up nearly 90% of the population.
The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining the British monarch, then and currently
Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, The Bahamas is one of the richest
countries in the Americas (following the United States and Canada), with an economy based on tourism and finance.
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