We recently brought you part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the Bahamas, and now we are back with part two. Keep reading to find out seven more interesting things about the beautiful island country.
Number Seven: Nassau, Republic of Pirates
From 1706 to 1718, most of Nassau was ruled by pirates, who even established their own code of conduct in the city. British control was later restored on the island by governor Woodes Rogers. Visitors can learn all about these intriguing years at the Pirates of Nassau Museum.
Number Six: 70 Percent of the Population Lives on New Providence
Despite being only the 11th largest island in the country, a vast majority of the population lives there: 305,000. The largest island, which we talked about on part one, has a population of 1,465. One of the smallest islands, Ragged island, is inhabited by 70 people.
Number Five: Elizabeth II Is the Head of State in the Bahamas
The Bahamas gained independence from Great Britain in 1973, but England’s Queen Elizabeth remains the Head of State to this day. The country is officially called the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Number Four: It’s Home to Over 80,000 Flamingos
The Bahamas is a paradise for birding enthusiasts: over 400 different bird species, both native and migratory, inhabit the islands. The island of Great Inagua hosts the majority of the West Indian Flamingos in the world. In fact, the flamingos to people ratio here is 61:1.
Number Three: There’s a ‘Rum Cay’
Rum Cay is a small island (30 square miles) with a population of 53. It is believed that the island, which used to be called Santa María de la Concepción, acquired its peculiar name after a ship cargo of rum sank and got washed ashore. The island is often referred to as “The Unspoiled Jewel of the Bahamas.”
Number Two: A Staircase Is One of Nassau’s Most Visited Attractions
“The Queen’s Staircase”, also known as the “66 steps”, is one of Nassau’s most iconic landmarks. It was cut on limestone by slaves in 1793 and it provided a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau. Queen Victoria had nothing to do with the creation of the steps since she was born 26 years later. The staircase was simply renamed in her honor.
Number One: Clearest Waters in the World
The Bahamas has some of the clearest ocean waters on Earth, with an average visibility of 61 m (200 ft). It also possesses one of the world’s longest barrier reefs, the Andros Barrier Reef (140 miles long and 6,000 ft deep.)