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The Bahamas

Island state in the Atlantic

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general infos

Landscape

culture

history

Language

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Geographical classification

The Bahamas are part of the West Indies. They are located southeast of the United States and northeast of Cuba and are geographically counted as part of Central America.

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General information

Official language

English

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Capital

Nassau

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Some numbers...

13.939 km²,
355.000 inhabitants

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Currency

Bahama-Dollar

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Landscapes

The Bahamas offer different exciting landscapes

national parks

Salt lagoons

Mangrove swamps

History

A brief insight...

15th century

Christopher Columbus arrives on an island

Middle 17th century

British settle the Bahamas (at first Cigatoo)

before 15th century

indigenous people on the islands

15th century

Native people are abducted

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1775-83

The Bahamas were temporarily occupied by the Americans under John Paul Jones

1718

The Bahamas become a British colony

after 1783

American loyalists, supporters of the British crown flee to the Bahamas

1964

Great Britain grants internal autonomy to the Bahamas

since 1973

The Bahamas achieves its state independence, but remains in the British Commonwealth

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Culture

African culture and music

Traditional clothing

Rum - the national drink

Religion

Bahamian English

The th

Voiced th becomes /d/ and unvoiced th becomes /t/

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general

Rich linguistic influences, rooted in the African languages of the slave trade

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And much more...

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The r

Traditionally non-rhotic

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Some phrases are also completely different in Bahamian English....

visiting the bahamas

Freeport

Diving and snorkeling on the Barrier Reef of Andros

Dean’s Blue Hole

Sources

https://www.laender-lexikon.de/Bahamas_Geschichte#:~:text=%20Bahamas%20Geschichte%20%201%20Spanische%20Herrschaft.%20Bevor,Jh..%20W%C3%A4hrend%20des%20nordamerikanischen%20Unabh%C3%A4ngigkeitskrieges%20%281775-83%29...%20More%20

https://www.erkunde-die-welt.de/2016/09/09/steckbrief-bahamas/#Klima_Reisewetterauf_denBahamas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamian_English#:~:text=Bahamian%20English%20is%20a%20group%20of%20varieties%20of,standard%20are%20more%20recently%20changing%20toward%20American%20norms.

(last access 03/21/2022)

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