Useful Notes: The Bahamas
Instead of studying for finals, what about just going to The Bahamas and catching some rays? Maybe you’ll flunk, but you might have flunked anyway; that’s my point.
—Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
An archipelago east of the United States of America that achieved independence from Britain in 1973, whose gorgeous weather and beaches makes it a popular resort for tourism, as well as the occasional film like Piratesof The Caribbean
and its sequels (though the majority of said films was shot in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
), Casino Royale
, Jaws: The Revenge
, and Why Did I Get Married 2
The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and The Other Wiki
have all the factual data you ought to know about the country. Unfortunately this has not stopped many (mostly residing in continental North America) from mistakenly equating this beautiful chain of islands with Jamaica
. The blame for this rests solely on lazy Hollywood casting directors who automatically assume that the Jamaican accent is universal
throughout the Caribbean.
On that note, the reaction of educated Bahamians to people equating The Bahamas with the Caribbean in general is to immediately label the offending party as an “ignorant foreigner”
The Bahamas is the most affluent country in the world with a predominantly-African population. It's also where Columbus set foot down for the first time.
The Bahamian flag
The black triangle symbolizes the people's unity and determination. The islands' geographic situation is symbolized by two aquamarine stripes of the seas separated by the yellow stripe of the land.