Interesting Facts About the Bahamas


Interesting Facts About The Bahamas

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The largest city and capital of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Nassau, was once a stronghold for pirates during the 18th century. Now, people use this city as a stopover for cruise ships, but once upon a time, pirate ships lined those docks. New Providence, the island Nassau is located on, was known as a pirate haven and was a safe harbor for those seafarers. Pirates of Nassau is actually a museum located in the city that documents the history of pirate activity where visitors can see the various exhibits and even a glance at a pirate ship replica.

Of all the things you thought you’d find on the beaches of the Bahamas, you didn’t think space debris would be one of them, did you? As seen here on in this video, the shores near Elbow Cay on Great Abaco Island is a piece of the Space X rocket launch from the Deep Space Climate Observatory launch. Among the vacationers to find the debris were 3 business executives who happened to be on the beach when the parts washed up on shore and spotted. What you see here is a fairing, just 1 of the 2 that were a part of the launch. There was even a GoPro camera attached.

The Bahamas is said to be the richest country in the Caribbean region and is one of the richest countries in the Americas. This groups of islands in the Atlantic is 3rd richest country in the New World after the nations of the United States and Canada. They have a GDP per capita of $21,280, meaning that the income here is higher, much higher when compared to the neighboring countries. Lots of this is attributed to the high traffic of tourism that the area receives due to its tropical and relaxing and fun reputation for visitors. Another large sector of financial income stems from agriculture, with 80% of the food supply being imported and with an abundance of crops for sugarcane, lemons, limes, grapefruits, okra, and even more common foods like cucumbers, oranges and onions.

The district of Bimini is known as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the Bahamas. Bimini is made up of 3 islands, East Bimini, North Bimini, and South Bimini. Big game fishing, for those of you who are not familiar with the activity, is a type of recreational fishing that game fisherman take part in, usually to catch bigger fish like marlins–which as you know are abundant in the area. Bimini is known to be one of the most significant locations in which this sport is popular and it is of course a prime location for such an activity.

The flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas. More specifically, it is the West Indian Flamingo that is their national bird. These Caribbean flamingos are some of the largest flamingoes in the world and are pink as a result of their diet that consists largely of creatures like shrimp. It is for their orange and pink feathers that made flamingos the target of a lot of hunting–for fashion reasons. There are now bans placed by the Bahamas National Trust that were established to protect the flamingo population which, due to hunting, was once dwindling. However, the population has sustained itself and grown, thankfully, with the Bahamian island of Inagua having the second largest population of flamingos in the world.

Thank you for that great overview of the Bahamas, Talltanic

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