The Bahamas is a nation consisting of more 700 islands. The Bahamas are located in the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles from the coast of Florida. Some quick facts about the Bahamas include:
- During his first voyage in 1492, while searching for a shorter route to Asia, Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas. He was the first European to reach them.
- Until 1973, the Bahamas were a British colony. Today, they are an independent nation.
- The total land area of the Bahama Islands is less than 6,000 sq. miles, which is about the size of the state of Connecticut.
- The Bahamas is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Belize Barrier Reef.
Text by Jenny M. Buccos.