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the. a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Population: 293 000 (1998 est.). Area: 13 939 sq. km (5381 sq. miles).

Derived words: Bahamian adjective, noun.

Summary Article: Bahamas from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Country comprising a group of about 700 islands and about 2,400 uninhabited islets and cays in the Caribbean, 80 km/50 mi from the southeast coast of Florida. They extend for about 1,223 km/760 mi from northwest to southeast, but only 22 of the islands are inhabited. Government The Bahamas are an independent sovereign nation within the Commonwealth, witha multiparty parliamentary democracy but with the British monarch as head of state and represented by an appointed, resident governor general. The constitution, effective since independence in 1973, provides for a two-chamber parliament with a Senate and House of Assembly. The governor general appoints a prime minister and cabinet drawn from and responsible to the legislature. The governor general appoints 16 Senate members, 9 on the advice of the prime minister, 4 on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and 3 after consultation with the prime minister. The House of Assem...    Continue Reading

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