The Bahamas got independence from England in 1973, although there was no revolutionary war fought like in America. They still use the British form of government including a Prime Minister, an upper chamber or Senate, and a lower chamber called the House of Assembly. The current Prime Minister is Perry Christie. The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau; the language spoken is English. They observe Eastern Standard Time, adopting Eastern Daylight Saving Time from March thru November.
The major regions of the Bahamas are:
New Providence (Nassau) and Paradise Islands
Grand Bahama Island (Freeport)
The Andros, Bimini, and the Berry Islands
Eleuthera and Harbor Island
The Southern Out Islands
The Bahamas flag is made up of three colors: black, aquamarine and gold. The black represents the strength of the united people and the gold and aquamarine represent the sun and the sea, respectively.
The currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar (B$), and it is worth the same amount as the US dollar. You will find that there is a mixture of US and Bahamian dollars used.
The Bahamians drive on the left side of the road, like the British, but they have a jumbled mix of American and British style cars—some of the steering wheels are on the left and some are on the right!